• October 20, 2021
 Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare achieves  Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare achieves Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, which includes Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center, announced Thursday that it is a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient.

“We are proud of our team members for their dedication to patient safety, which has resulted in Las Palmas Medical Center being recognized by Healthgrades,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “We know patients and their families trust us to provide exceptional care within a safe environment to support optimal outcomes. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to that level of care.”

“Our entire team at Del Sol Medical Center continually strives to provide the best, safest care to our patients, and this recognition validates our commitment to do so,” David Shimp, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said.

“Quality of care has been a focus of ours for years, and we’re so proud to be a hospital in which El Pasoans can be confident should they seek care for themselves or their loved ones. Achieving a top patient safety award from Healthgrades is yet another reason I’m grateful for the staff’s tireless work, especially during such a challenging year.”

This distinction places Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

During the study period (2017-2019), Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding Medicare patients, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is that the hospital system has not left foreign objects in the body during a surgery or procedure.

Hospital officials add that if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the PSIs evaluated by AHRQ, 106,052 patient safety events could have been avoided. I

Additionally, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award achieved better outcomes than those treated in non-recipient hospitals. On average, patients are*:

  • 50.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest
  • 60.3% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery
  • 66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital
  • 65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital

To learn more about the hospital quality methodologies for the Healthgrades Awards, click here.

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