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Awards Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Great Falls Clinic Medical Center



Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™Great Falls Clinic Medical Center announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. The distinction places Great Falls Clinic Medical Center within the top 5% of all hospitals for its excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. Great Falls Clinic Medical Center is the only hospital in Great Falls and is one of only three hospitals statewide recognized for Patient Safety Excellence.

When compared to hospitals performing in the bottom 5% for patient safety, Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients had three patient safety indicators showing the largest difference in observed to expected ratios. On average, patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence
Award hospitals were also:

  • 81% less likely to experience hip fracture following surgery compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation
  • 80% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation
  • 70% less likely to experience a catheter-related bloodstream Infection acquired in the hospital compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5% in the nation

“The Great Falls Clinic Medical Center is honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s safest hospitals,” said Chief Operating Officer Vicki Newmiller. “The Great Falls Clinic Medical Center is committed to patient-centered care and patient safety is the number one priority in our care model. This award exemplifies the commitment the physicians and staff have made to provide patients with exceptional, safe care.”

“Healthgrades report highlights the variation in hospital quality, both locally and across the nation, in order to show consumers that spending time on understanding hospital performance can be a matter of life and death,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “Consumers can be assured that a hospital that has been recognized with a Healthgrades 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety.” During the 2013 study period (2009-2011), Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 most common patient safety indicators, as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Medical Director Dr. Nick Bonfilio stated, “The physicians and staff at Great Falls Clinic Medical Center focus on providing patients with the highest quality medicine, using evidence-based best practices to improve patient safety and prevent patient harm. Patient safety and quality improvement processes are continually evaluated to confirm the Medical Center’s policies and patient care standards align with best practices. The alignment of best practices and physician leadership has resulted in improved outcomes and higher than average ratings for patient satisfaction at Great Falls Clinic Medical Center. ”

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About Great Falls Clinic Medical Center

Great Falls Clinic Medical Center is a 20-bed general and acute care hospital located at 1411 9th Street South, in Great Falls, Montana. Great Falls Clinic Medical Center is owned by local physicians of the Great Falls Clinic. Physicians of the Great Falls Clinic have a personal interest in the day-to-day operations of the Medical Center, and are dedicated to providing exceptional quality and patientcentered healthcare through teamwork and physician leadership. The Great Falls Clinic Medical Center exists for the patient and we respect your right to choose where you receive your healthcare services!

About Healthgrades

Healthgrades, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the leading online resource of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More than 225 million visitors use the Healthgrades websites to search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals that best meet their treatment needs. Consumers are empowered through use of the Healthgrades proprietary information about clinical outcomes, satisfaction, safety, and health conditions to make more informed healthcare decisions and take action.

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