Posted on May 11, 2021
TidalHealth Nanticoke, a 99-bed hospital in Seaford, Delaware, announced today that it is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM.
This distinction places TidalHealth Nanticoke among the top 5% of all acute care hospitals in the United States for patient safety. This is the 5th year in a row TidalHealth Nanticoke has earned the distinction, and again since 2017 is the only Delaware hospital presented the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award.
Healthgrades evaluates patient safety data of nearly 5,000 hospitals across the nation. Hospitals cannot opt in or out of that study. TidalHealth Nanticoke, continuously for a half decade, has been a Healthgrades top hospital for patient safety.
“I cannot be more proud of our Team at TidalHealth Nanticoke who remain laser-focused on providing the best care possible to our community. Receiving a recognition such as the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for five consecutive years is evidence of that commitment to quality,” said Penny Short, MSM, BSN, RN and President of TidalHealth Nanticoke.
From 2017 through 2019, there were 190,273 potentially preventable patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals. And, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) evaluated by Healthgrades, on average, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided.
Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
• 50.3% 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.*
• 60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
• 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bedsores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.*
• 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.*
“The importance of hospital quality is now at the forefront of consumer’s minds, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We congratulate TidalHealth Nanticoke and the other recipients of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their ongoing commitment to upholding the highest quality standards for their patients and communities,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades.