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Published on April 27, 2015

Lansdale Hospital in Top 2% of Hospitals Recognized by Healthgrades® for Achievements in Patient Safety and Patient Experience

Health Grades Patient Awards 2015LANSDALE, PA (April 27, 2015) – Lansdale Hospital announced today that it has achieved two distinctions of quality excellence from Healthgrades: the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Healthgrades is the leading online resource for comprehensive information about hospitals and physicians.

Only 93 out of the 3,558 hospitals evaluated for both patient safety and experience excellence had the superior performance required to be recipients of both achievements. This places Lansdale Hospital among the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the nation evaluated for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays as well as providing a positive patient experience.

Over 133,000 patient-safety events could have been avoided from 2011 to 2013 if all hospitals nationwide scored similarly to those performing better than expected on each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

During this study period, patients treated in hospitals that received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 53.6 percent 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
  • 47.4 percent less likely to experience catheter-related blood-stream infections than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 43.8 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals[1]

“Abington Health has a longstanding commitment to patient safety, clinical quality and patient satisfaction,” stated Gary R. Candia, PH. D., chief executive officer of Lansdale Hospital. “This is a tribute to the commitment of our medical staff and our employees to safety and service.”

During the study period (2011 to 2013), Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals also performed with excellence in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient-safety indicator rates) for 13 patient-safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

In addition to being recognized with the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, Lansdale Hospital also out-performed peer hospitals in patient experience.

Healthgrades evaluated patient-experience performance by applying a scoring methodology to 10 patient-experience measures, using data collected from a survey completed by the hospital’s patients. Question topics ranged from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also included whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family.

“We commend all recipients for their achievements and for demonstrating an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care, protecting patients from potentially preventable complications and ensuring a safe and positive experience for patients,” said Evan Marks, chief strategy officer, Healthgrades.

For more information about Healthgrades, or to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit Healthgrades Quality on their website today.

About Abington Health Lansdale Hospital

Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes five convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center - Schilling in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center - Warminster in Bucks County, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center-Lower Gwynedd and Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville in North Wales. Together, these facilities serve more than 33,000 inpatients, 124,000 emergency patients and over 677,000 outpatient visits annually.



[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software (Version 4.6A) to MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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