Published on May 11, 2021

Enloe Earns Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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Hospital Among Top 5% in Nation for Patient Safety

CHICO, Calif., May 11, 2021 — Enloe Medical Center has been recognized today with Healthgrades’ 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This distinction places Enloe among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

“At Enloe we continuously look for ways to provide patients with the safest care — and it shows in the data,” said Mike Wiltermood, Enloe’s President and CEO. “This award placing us among the nation’s safest acute care hospitals is a reflection of our caregivers’ dedication to excellence in a time when we’ve seen just how vital quality health care is to our communities.”

From 2017 through 2019, there were 190,273 potentially preventable patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* If all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) evaluated by Healthgrades, on average, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

During this period, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72% of all patient safety events (collapsed lung, hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, pressure or bedsores 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 bedsores 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.*

“The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumer’s minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Healthgrades' Chief Medical Officer. “We congratulate the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities.”

During the study period (2017 through 2019), Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in patient safety within the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes — risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates — for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI is included in the evaluation - Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure – which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

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*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2020.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization. For more information, please call 530-332-7300 or visit us online at www.enloe.org. Enloe Medical Center is located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.

Enloe Medical Center is a local, nonprofit health care organization located at 1531 Esplanade Chico, Calif. 95926.

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