Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance receives Patient Safety Excellence Award by Healthgrades

May 20, 2021 Providence News Team

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance earned honors today with Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This is the ninth straight year Little Company of Mary has been named among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient safety.

“Ensuring patient safety is our sacred responsibility and we strive each day to improve upon protecting everyone in our care,” said Kevin Manemann, chief executive Providence Southern California. “Congratulations to this hospital for raising the bar on safety and establishing practices that ensured safe care over the past year as the pandemic tested us all beyond what we could have imagined.”

The rankings reflect patient safety data from 2017 through 2019 evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading consumer health website that links patients to providers. Nearly  half the 190,273 potentially preventable patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals during that timeframe would have been avoided if all hospitals met 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.*


“Providence Little Company of Mary has built a strong culture of safety and quality over the years, and I never cease to be amazed at the tireless efforts of all our caregivers and physicians to prioritize safety and quality and continuously improve in these areas,” hospital chief executive Garry Olney said. “All those we serve and those who work here depend on our steadfast commitment to their safety as our number one priority.”


During this time frame, four patient safety indicators accounted for 72% of all patient safety events -- collapsed lung, hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, pressure or bed sores and catheter-related bloodstream infections.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 50.3% 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.*
  • 60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
  • 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.*

The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumers’ minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19, said Brad Bowman, M.D., chief medical officer, Healthgrades.

“We congratulate the recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities,” Dr. Bowman said.

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 2020.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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About Providence, Southern California

Providence Southern California is a not-for-profit Catholic health network with 11 hospitals, scores of clinics, TrinityCare Hospice and its TrinityKids Care pediatric hospice, Providence High School, home health care services, eight wellness centers and numerous physician groups in its Southern California Region. Together these ministries, including secular affiliates and some representing other faiths, generate $7.5 billion in net revenue and have approximately 35,000 employees – called caregivers – and nearly 5,200 physicians on staff.

Providence, Southern California is part of Providence, a health system of 111,000 caregivers serving in 52 hospitals, 829 clinics and a comprehensive range of services across Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Providence strives to increase access to health care and bring quality, compassionate care to those we serve, with a focus on those most in need.


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