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May 3, 2021

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Nashoba Valley Medical Center in the top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Nashoba Valley Medical Center announced today that it has been recognized as a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient. This distinction places Nashoba Valley Medical Center among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

From 2017 through 2019, there were 190,273 potentially preventable patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* And, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) evaluated by Healthgrades, on average, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

During this time frame, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72% of all patient safety events (collapsed lung, hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, pressure or bed sores and catheter-related bloodstream infections). Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 50.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.*

“Providing safe and exceptional care is at the core of who we are,” said Salvatore Perla, DrPH, President, Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “This has been particularly critical in 2020 as we maintained focus on our patient’s safety throughout the pandemic. We are proud to earn the Patient Safety Excellence Award as it represents a safe and positive experience for our patients. We thank all our clinicians and staff for making Nashoba Valley Medical Center our region’s top choice for health care.”

Nashoba Valley Medical Center continues to make investments in programs and technology to enhance patient experience and safety. Recent investments include:

  • New cardiac imaging system
  • New ultrasound equipment
  • Welcoming new physicians and staff in departments including Endocrinology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Primary Care and more

“The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumer’s minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We congratulate the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.

During the study period (2017 through 2019), Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in patient safety within the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI is included in the evaluation - Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure – which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2020.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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