Michelle Aliprantis, MBA
Director of Business Development, Marketing, and Communications
Lower Bucks Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM
Lower Bucks Hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety
Bristol, PA- May 15, 2019– Lower Bucks Hospital announced today that
it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Lower Bucks Hospital among the top 5% of all
short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by
Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
Lower Bucks Hospital is one of four hospitals in Bucks County to earn the
Patient Saftey Excellence Award. This distinction also recognizes Lower
Bucks Hospital for safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable
complications, as well as providing a positive experience for patients
during their hospital stays. In addition, this is the third year in a
row that Lower Bucks Hospital has earned this Award.
Lower Bucks Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s
largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare
has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for four consecutive
years (2016-2019) than any other health system in the country.
“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).
“We are extremely proud to be ranked in the top 5% in the nation
for paient safety,” said Ruben Garza, the co-interim CEO of Lower
Bucks Hospital.“ We have an ongoing commitment to ensuring compliance
with the strictest safety standards while also implementing new processes
as needed to safeguard our patients,” said Garza. “This national
recognition is a testament to the commitment of entire team to quality
outcomes, patient safety and clinical excellence.”
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
- 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired
at the hospital.
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.*
“In order to improve on patient safety, we have instituted daily
Team Huddles and Standardized from our Laboratory Dept., Pharmacy Dept.,
Education Dept., and Infection Prevention. Through the implantation of
our new medical record system, EPIC we have also improved communications
and collaborations with various departments and units throughout the hospital.”
Said Lea Rodriguez, MSN, RN, CNO.
hospital quality methodologies.
*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.
About Lower Bucks Hospital
Lower Bucks Hospital is a community hospital, serving the Lower Bucks County
region with medical, surgical, and emergency care. Located in historic
Bristol, Pennsylvania, the Hospital was built by the local community as
part of a grassroots movement in 1954. In fact, the first cardiac catherization
in Bucks County was performed at Lower Bucks Hospital.
Today, the Hospital is well-known for its knowledgeable medical staff,
including cardiology, orthopedics, sports medicine, radiology, and general
surgery. There is a residency program with an affiliation with The Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine. The residency program well known for
internal and family medicine. Additionally, the nursing and support staff
are as compassionate as they’re skilled. In total, there are over
200 physicians on staff, as well as another 700 employees.
As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California,
Lower Bucks Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating
45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital
in Philadelphia and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.