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Lower Bucks Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

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Lower Bucks Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM


Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

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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 the hospital.
  • 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.

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 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.