Research Medical Center April 11, 2017

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider— announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Research Medical Center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

In addition, Research Medical Center is a 2017 Five-Star Recipient in these five areas: Orthopedics, spinal fusion; Neurosciences, treatment of stroke; Pulmonary, treatment of pneumonia for three consecutive years; Vascular, peripheral vascular bypass for two consecutive years; and Critical Care, treatment of sepsis and treatment of respiratory failure. The hospital also received the Healthgrades 2017 Stroke Care Excellence Award and was named among the top 10 percent in the nation for treatment of stroke.

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6% 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.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bedsores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

“It is an honor to recognized by Healthgrades as one of the top hospitals in the nation for achieving five-star excellence in five areas, in addition to patient safety,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “We continually strive to provide best-in-class quality and clinical excellence for our patients. I’m extremely proud of our outstanding team of clinicians and staff deeply committed to delivering high-quality care to the community every day. It’s a privilege for us to serve patients and their families during their greatest time of need.”

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” says Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided 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). 

Research Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission. The accreditation award recognizes Research Medical Center’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards, including organizational quality of care and the safety of the environment in which care is provided.

For more information about Healthgrades or to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit: www.Healthgrades.com/quality today.

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.