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Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award

May 10, 2018

One of only 13 hospitals in New York State to receive this national distinction.

Orange Regional Medical Center is recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Award.

Orange Regional Medical Center announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Orange Regional among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Orange Regional is one of only 13 hospitals in New York State to receive this national distinction.

“Providing safe, high-quality care to our community is our highest priority at Orange Regional,” said President & CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center Scott Batulis. “We applaud the efforts of our physicians, nurses, professional and support staff, and volunteers who go above and beyond each day to ensure our patients are cared for in a safe, healing environment.”

During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 52.4 percent 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
  • 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014 to 2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.

“Orange Regional continues to strive for excellence. The Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award further reinforces our team’s hard work,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Chief Quality Officer Rosemary Baczewski.

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.”


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