North Memorial Medical Center Receives 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hospital Recognized for Fifth Year in a Row

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North Memorial Medical Center is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a 2014 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, ranking in the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. in patient safety by Healthgrades®, for the fifth year in a row.

In a recent study released by Healthgrades, the nation’s most trusted source of health care provider information, North Memorial Medical Center was listed as one of just 11 hospitals in Minnesota to rank in the top ten percent for patient safety in the U.S.

“At North Memorial Medical Center our priority is  providing the highest quality care while creating the safest environment possible for every patient we serve,” said Gayle Mattson, RN, President North Memorial Medical Center. “This award is a result of the hard work and dedication that our doctors, nurses and our entire care staff provide to our patients each and every day. Our community can continue to feel confident and safe in the patient care provided at North Memorial Medical Center.”

During the 2014 study period 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 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  If all hospitals performed at the same level of award recipients, 266,813 patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals, potentially could have been avoided.

“Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families,” said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.”

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