Miami, FL — Aventura Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places Aventura Hospital among the top 5% of all short–term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, 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 Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

  • 48.3% 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.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non–recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non–recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter–related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non– recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to delivering on excellence always and keeping patient safety top of mind. Our hospital and medical care teams do so by upholding safeguards in place throughout the entire patient experience at our hospital, says David LeMonte, Chief Executive Officer.”

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is committed to providing high quality care to each patient that entrusts us with their healthcare needs. This award is a small realization of our continuous efforts to improve the safety of the environment in which we deliver care each day.

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*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three–year estimates for Medicare patients only.