(April 29, 2010) - For the third year in a row, Memorial Health
received the Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the
leading independent healthcare ratings organization.
According to HealthGrades, Memorial ranks among the top 5
percent nationally for patient safety and is the only Savannah-area
hospital to earn the recognition. This award places Memorial in
elite company -- only 74 hospitals in the U.S. received both the
HealthGrades 2010 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical
Excellence and the 2010 Patient Safety Excellence Award.
"We go to great lengths to ensure the safety of our patients.
Being recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the nation is a
tremendous honor and a tribute to our hard-working team," said
Marty Scott, M.D., MBA vice president for quality and patient
safety at Memorial.
To determine the award recipients, HealthGrades analyzed patient
safety among Medicare patients in all of the nearly 5,000
non-federal hospitals in the United States.
Medicare patients at hospitals receiving the HealthGrades
Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average, 43 percent less
likely to experience a patient safety event, such as an infection
or injury. These unexpected events result in billions of dollars in
unnecessary healthcare costs every year.
The results are part of the seventh annual HealthGrades Patient
Safety in American Hospitals study, which analyzed nearly 40
million hospitalization records nationwide. For a complete
explanation of the methodology, visit healthgrades.com.
To view patient safety and quality outcomes at Memorial Health,
visit memorialhealth.com and click the "Quality and Safety"
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.