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Reno, Nevada (March 18, 2022) – Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Saint Mary’s among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers. Saint Mary’s was the only hospital in Northern Nevada to be acknowledged along with fellow Prime hospital North Vista in Las Vegas.

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

Prime Healthcare has more patient safety excellence awards for seven years in a row than any other health system (2016-2022), according to Healthgrades. Saint Mary’s has earned the honor for six consecutive years dating back to 2017, an acknowledgement that comes on the heels of being the only Nevada hospital named to the list of America’s 250 Best Hospitals.

“Earning the Patient Safety ExcellenceTM Award for the 6th straight year is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of our physicians, nurses, and frontline staff,” said Tiffany Coury, CEO of Saint Mary’s Health Network. “Our team routinely displays a commitment to providing safe, high-quality healthcare and we are proud to remain the highest rated acute care hospital in Nevada.”

During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals*. Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in-hospital. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ were, on average:

  • 55.8% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 52.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 66.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 65.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*

When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it’s important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award Recipients, on average, 100,189 patient safety events could have been avoided*. Consumers can visit healthgrades.com for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

For a complete list of Saint Mary’s awards, including national distinctions, please follow this link.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award™ methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

+Indicates specification of four consecutive years