Adventist Medical Center was one of only two Portland-area hospitals recently recognized by Leapfrog Hospital Survey for having the highest grade for hospital safety, receiving an “A” for excelling in protecting patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
Leapfrog collects data that is voluntarily submitted by hospitals and then ranks each hospital on quality, safety and efficiency.
“We strive to exceed the national standards for health care so we can be confident our patients are receiving the highest quality of care throughout their stay and treatment, from admission to discharge,” says Carolyn Kozik, Director of Quality Services at Adventist Medical Center in Portland. “That’s why we’re so proud to announce this recognition and be one of only two hospitals in our area to get the highest grade possible.”
Why do hospital quality scores matter?
Quality scores matter when choosing a hospital because patients should feel comfortable, confident and safe when they receive care. Quality assessments help patients select a hospital in their city or region that best demonstrates medical care excellence and a dedication to safety, care value, amenities and convenience.
Safety and reputable care are priorities for patients, physicians and other healthcare providers. The hospital’s reputation as a whole, across the spectrum of services and care offered, is another a good indicator of the care you’ll receive. An “A” ranking or five stars typically indicate hospitals of the highest caliber.
The happiness of your doctors, medical care providers and staff also contributes to hospital quality. A positive environment for employees leads to better service for patients. Adventist Medical Center was recently named to the Oregonian’s list of Top Workplaces in the state.
Ahead of awards and special recognition, your hospital should first meet two national standards for quality: the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, confirming the hospital complies with the highest standard for patient care and safety; and the National Committee for Quality Assurance seal.
Beyond these two seals of approval, various organizations and websites offer performance and service quality ratings that can be useful resources when choosing a hospital. HealthGrades.com and the U.S. Medicare website are two good sites for comparing hospitals.
- Healthgrades.com lets consumers search for, compare and connect with hospitals and physicians. Hospitals receive starred rankings for each procedure, operation and treatment it provides.
- The U.S. Medicare website also has a detailed hospital index. Each hospital profile includes survey results detailing patient experiences, effectiveness ratings for care and operations, readmission statistics, complications and deaths, and figures detailing payment and care value.
Hospitals often specialize in different areas, including cardiac care, cancer treatment or orthopedic surgery. Before choosing a hospital, you should also consider if it has an accredited program concentrating in a particular field(s) depending on your medical care needs.
Reviewing quality scores and healthcare awards will give you a better sense of the quality of care you’ll receive so you can feel confident that you and your loved ones are in good hands. Do your research ahead of time so that the next time you, a family member or friend visits a hospital, you can feel comfortable and at ease with your selection.
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
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