Northwest Medical Center today announced it has received national recognition as a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient. This distinction places Northwest Medical Center in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation, according to analysis of patient data reported by Healthgrades, a leading online resource connecting patients with information about physicians and hospitals.

The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award evaluates the safety and quality of care at a hospital by measuring the rate at which serious, potentially preventable complications and adverse events occurred in the hospital. Through analysis of reported data during the study period (2017 through 2019), Healthgrades determined that Northwest Medical Center demonstrated excellent performance in patient safety within the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes.

“Northwest is proud to serve communities across Northern Broward County with high-quality care they can trust and depend on from emergency services, heart and vascular care, bariatric surgery, women’s services and so much more,” said Kenneth Jones, chief executive officer of Northwest Medical Center. “Our unwavering commitment to patient safety is at the heart of everything we do as we strive to not only treat patients, but make them whole again. This national recognition is a true testament to our team’s collective efforts and we are particularly proud of how this touches the lives of those in our care.”

During the time frame measured, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72 percent 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.*

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