St. Mary Receives 2017 Women's Choice Award

March 24, 2017

Award recognizes safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections

Apple Valley, CA – March 9, 2017 – St. Joseph Health, St. Mary has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is in the top 15% of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety.

Healthcare has made significant strides in patient safety in recent years. Hospital-acquired conditions declined 21% from 2010 to 2015, resulting in 125,000 fewer patient deaths according to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hospital-acquired conditions are conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else.

“The recipients of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety award have led the country by implementing safe practices that have ultimately saved lives,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “This recognition is critical for women as they make 80% of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves—and their family members—in safe hands.”

The methodology used to select St. Joseph Health, St. Mary as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety is unique in that it evaluates complication and infection incident rates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems(HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in patient safety based on robust criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision; and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area.

St. Joseph Health, St. Mary is one of 451 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

“Every dear neighbor matters to us be we know women hold a special role in our society and our lives,” said Alan Garrett, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. “As a ministry founded by a group of courageous women, we are honored to be recognized as one of the safest hospitals in America.”

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