For immediate release: April 9,
NORTHAMPTON, MASS – Since an Institute of Medicine report in 1999, Americans have known that, in every hospital in the United States, there is a potential for error that can cause serious harm and even death. The chances are far lower at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, which Healthgrades® has ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals in patient safety for the fifth consecutive year.
Cooley Dickinson is the only hospital in Massachusetts to achieve the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for five consecutive years (2009-2013).
"Our doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and staff make delivering better quality and ever safer care to their patients a daily habit at Cooley Dickinson," said Craig Melin, President and CEO. "Achieving this distinction is validation from an independent authority that our staff is continuously focused on improving the quality of care.
"Ultimately, our patients benefit most from our safety efforts, because they are less likely to experience complications or worse at Cooley Dickinson," he added.
Healthgrades uses the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 13 patient safety indicators - incidents such as bloodstream infections after surgery and bed sores acquired in a hospital - to determine the top 5 percent in the nation. Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare, and connect with physicians and hospitals, reports hospitals that perform best focus on providing consistent, safe, and effective medical care.
"Healthgrades' report highlights the variation in hospital quality, both locally and across the nation, in order to show consumers that spending time on understanding hospital performance can be a matter of life and death," said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, at Healthgrades.
"Consumers can be assured that a hospital that has been recognized with a Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety," Marks added.
During the 2013 study period (2009-2011), Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 most common patient safety indicators, as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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About Cooley Dickinson Hospital
Cooley Dickinson, a full-service community hospital, is ranked in the top 5 percent of all U.S. hospitals in patient safety by Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. It is the only hospital in the Springfield area to achieve the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for five consecutive years, (2009–2013). Cooley Dickinson's staff of 1,650 professionals and 300 affiliated physicians comprise a network of emergency, surgical, clinical, rehabilitative, and hospice and home care expertise that admits 6,000 patients, treats 40,000 emergency patients per year, delivers 800 babies, and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital to deliver comprehensive cancer care. Cooley Dickinson's vision is to make the mid-Pioneer Valley the nation's model healthy community. Learn more at www.cooley-dickinson.org.
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