Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center Receive Healthgrades Award for Patient Safety

DAYTON, Ohio [March 19, 2024] – Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center have been named recipients of the Healthgrades 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

The distinction places both hospitals among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades.

“This award reflects our providers’ and staff’s ongoing dedication to providing quality care to our patients,” said Kevin Harlan, president of Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center. “We believe this underscores the peace of mind that our patients and families can have in knowing that they and their loved ones are in good hands at Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center, and Premier Health.”

The Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for preventing serious patient injuries, avoiding preventable complications and mortalities, and eliminating harm throughout the hospital, reported Healthgrades.

“Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center have cultivated an outstanding safety culture that prioritizes the well-being of both patients and staff, setting a high standard for patient safety nationwide,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “We’re proud to recognize them for providing top-quality care while preventing serious injuries to patients during their hospital stay.”

Healthgrades evaluated risk-adjusted complication and mortality rates for approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to determine this year’s top-performing hospitals for patient safety. During the study period, nearly 170,000 potentially preventable safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, with four patient safety indicators accounting for nearly 75 percent of these incidents.

Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2024 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ have a significantly lower chance of experiencing one of the four leading safety indicators than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in fracture (approximately 52 percent less likely)
  • Collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest (approximately 56 percent less likely)
  • Pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital (approximately 67 percent less likely)
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital (approximately 71 percent less likely)

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