June 16, 2020

OrthoIndy Hospital Achieves Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award​ for Eighth Year in a Row

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OrthoIndy is in the top 5% in the nation for patient safety

OrthoIndy Hospital is excited to announce they are a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places OrthoIndy among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in 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 included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 48.3% 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.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

OrthoIndy Hospital also received the following distinctions from Healthgrades:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery (2014 to 2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement (2014 to 2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement (2008 to 2019)

“There is no higher concern than safety. Safety is the highest form of preventive maintenance,” said Stacie Vance, OrthoIndy Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operations Officer. “We are honored to be the recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award. This is a real reflection of the OrthoIndy Hospital team’s commitment to quality care for our patients.”

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.” 

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. 

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Ashley McGovern

By Ashley McGovern

Ashley is the current PR coordinator for OrthoIndy. Ashley is responsible for all media relations functions and social media strategies. Ashley graduated from Purdue University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and strategic communications with a certificate in entrepreneurship. She has been with OrthoIndy since January 2018.

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