Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today 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 Lee’s Summit Medical Center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

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 

  • 54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals[1]

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.

“It is truly an honor to receive these accolades from Healthgrades and to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for patient safety,” says Pat Kueny, chief operating officer and interim chief executive officer, Lee’s Summit Medical Center. “We continually invest in and strive to provide best-in-class quality and clinical excellence for our patients. I am extremely grateful for our outstanding team of clinicians and staff that is deeply committed to delivering high-quality care to the community, day in and day out. It is a privilege for us to serve patients and their families during their greatest time of need.”

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” says Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.” 

Lee’s Summit Medical Center strives to incorporate the most advanced treatment and technologies available to ensure the highest quality, safest and most effective care possible.

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For more information about Lee’s Summit Medical Center, visit https://leessummitmedicalcenter.com.

[1]<> Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.