NEWARK, NJ - Saint Michael’s Medical Center was the only hospital in Newark to receive a patient safety excellence award from a national organization that recognizes hospitals that make patient safety a top priority and provide an outstanding patient experience. 

Healthgrades awarded Saint Michael's its 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, placing the hospital in the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data as evaluated annually by the organization.

Across the United States, 460 hospitals across achieved the Healthgrades designation. In Essex County, Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville and East Orange General Hospital also received the award.

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“The Healthgrades award is another indication of just how hard we have worked to create a culture of patient safety in the hospital,” said Saint Michael's CEO Robert Iannaccone. “Patients can come to our hospital assured that they will receive the highest quality and safest care available in this region.”

Saint Michael’s was purchased out of bankruptcy in May 2016 by Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. Since then, the hospital has turned the corner financially and significantly improved other measures of patient safety and quality, earning numerous accolades. In the fall, the hospital was awarded an A in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group and was named by Healthgrades as a top 100 hospital in America for Cardiac Care. 

Leapfrog Group is set to release its Spring 2019 grades on Wednesday.

“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.” 

During the study period (2015 to 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-recipients hospitals, on average*:
•    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.