Local hospitals receive Women’s Choice Awards for patient safety

Four local hospitals received Women’s Choice Awards for patient safety this year including Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, South County Health in South Kingstown, Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro.

The award signifies that a hospital is in the top 15 percent of 3,005 U.S. hospitals for patient safety and represents hospitals that have exceptional performance in limiting a wide range of hospital-associated infections and complications from surgery and medical treatment.

The Women’s Choice Award is based on information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hospital patient safety rankings are measured by several factors such as deaths among patients with serious treatable complications after surgery, collapsed lungs due to medical treatment, serious blood clots after surgery, or accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment.

Hospitals can be eliminated from consideration for not reporting complications, having a patient recommendation rating in the bottom 25 percent nationally, receiving a CMS rating of “Worse than the U.S. National Rate” for any of the above measures, and not implementing safe surgery checklists.

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Of the award for Charlton Memorial Hospital, Tim Eixenberger, chief nursing officer for Southcoast Health said in a statement released Tuesday, “We are proud of this achievement because the safety and well-being of our patients is a top priority as we deliver the highest quality health care to the communities that we serve.”

The WCA only recognized hospitals that averaged in the top half of their internal rankings of hospitals nationwide that qualified for the award.

Chris Bergenheim is a PBN staff writer