Derry and Portsmouth, NH — Parkland Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital are recipients of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Parkland Medical Center in the top 5 percent and Portsmouth Regional Hospital in the top 10 percent 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. Parkland and Portsmouth are the only two hospitals in New Hampshire recognized for the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Dean Carucci, CEO of Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center stated the following:

“These national recognitions validate the relentless commitment our staffs and providers at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Parkland Medical Center make to the communities we serve, and demonstrate how we continue to be leaders for patient safety in New Hampshire. We are committed to investing in the healthcare needs of our communities, providing 24/7 life-saving care, and ensuring patient safety is a top priority.”

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 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 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

In addition to the Patient Safety Excellence Awards, both Parkland Medical Center and Portsmouth Regional Hospital were two of only three hospitals in the state to recently receive the spring 2019 Leapfrog ‘A’ hospital safety grades.

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