SUMMIT, NJ - Atlantic Health System's Overlook Medical Center has been named a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a distinction that places Overlook among the top 5/10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 - 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipient hospitals, on average*:

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  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.

  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.

  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.

  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided. *

“The Overlook team is consistently driven to improve quality and to create a safe environment for patients to receive excellent care,” said Alan Lieber, president of Overlook Medical Center. “Receiving this award for the second year in a row demonstrates Overlook’s reliability in patient safety and the tireless efforts of our care teams.”

Overlook’s achievements in patient safety is a result of the high level of coordination among care teams in the hospital. Since 2017, Overlook team members from clinical and non-clinical areas alike have attended daily safety huddles to enhance situational awareness and increase communication.

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

Overlook Medical Center’s sister hospital, Newton Medical Center, also received the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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