Johnston County

Johnston Health receives patient-safety award

Johnston Health has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. This evidence-based designation is the only patient-safety award that identifies the country’s best health-care institutions based on robust criteria for female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

“We are so proud to earn this distinguished award,” said Chuck Elliott, chief executive and president of Johnston Health. ”It truly reflects our organization’s hard work and dedication to providing safe, quality care to all of our patients.”

The list of nearly 475 award winners represents hospitals that have exceptional performance in limiting a wide range of hospital-associated infections and complications from surgery and medical treatment.

Hospitals that have earned this award have had a low incidence of problems arising from surgical errors and infections. The hospitals that report their frequency to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are ranked for each of the following measures:

▪  Deaths among patients with serious but treatable complications after surgery.

▪  Collapsed lung because of medical treatment.

▪  Serious blood clots after surgery.

▪  A wound that splits open after surgery on the abdomen or pelvis.

▪  Accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment.

▪  Serious complications.

▪  Central line-associated blood stream infections.

▪  Catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

▪  Surgical site infection from colon surgery.

▪  Blood stream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

▪  Intestinal infections.

“We honor Johnston Health for being named and recognized as a hospital of choice among women, for it represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s health care marketplace when considering that women account for 90 percent of all health-care decisions,” said Delia Passi, founder and chief executive of the Women’s Choice Award. “Improving patient safety is not only a matter of error prevention, it’s a focused effort to create the safest patient experience.”

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Separately, Johnston Health has received an “A” rating on Leapfrog Group’s April 2016 Hospital Safety Score. That’s the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“Johnston Health’s ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group demonstrates our continued commitment to putting our patients’ safety first,” Elliott said. “I would like to thank all of our nurses, co-workers and physicians who work diligently every day to ensure that we’re providing a safe environment and the best possible experience for our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that strives to bring safety, quality and affordability to health care in the United States by promoting transparency. Johnston Health was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A.

The Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year.