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June 15, 2012

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health, was named among the top five percent of U.S. hospitals for patient safety according to a new report from HealthGrades.

The report, “Patient Safety and Satisfaction: The State of American Hospitals,” found that hospitals with the highest patient ratings in physician and nursing communication on average have fewer patient safety events.

Among 263 hospitals nationwide, Kenmore Mercy was one of only seven hospitals in New York State, and the only Buffalo area hospital, to receive HealthGrades’ 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

“I am proud to see Kenmore Mercy recognized for the great work we do each day to ensure the safety of our patients and provide high quality care,” said James Millard, president and CEO of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

“This award demonstrates our constant focus on creating a safe environment for our patients across all the services we provide.”

To identify the 2012 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recipients, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalizations from 2008-2010, representing 5,000 hospitals across the country. The analysis was conducted looking at 13 preventable “safety events,” which include such things as unexpected deaths, pressure sores, and hospital acquired infections. The study found fewer safety events at hospitals receiving high marks for physician and nursing communication.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • 254,000 patient safety events among Medicare patients could have been prevented
  • 56,367 Medicare patients who died experienced one or more of these safety events
  • Patients at hospitals receiving the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were 48% less likely to experience a patient safety event, compared to those in the bottom 5%

HealthGrades is a leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals.

The full HealthGrades report, “Patient Safety and Satisfaction: The State of American Hospitals,” and a list of Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients is available free at HealthGrades.com.