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Paradise Valley Hospital and Alvarado Hospital, members of Prime Healthcare, today announced that they have been recognized by Healthgrades as 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipients. This distinction places Alvarado Hospital and Paradise Valley Hospital among the top five and 10 percent, respectively, of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

Prime Healthcare has more patient safety excellence awards for seven years in a row than any other health system (2016-2022), according to Healthgrades.

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Paradise Valley and Alvarado Hospitals as 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

Paradise Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Neerav Jadeja is gratified that the hospital he represents has been recognized, but he is not surprised. “Our people deserve the kudos,” said Jadeja. “I can’t say enough about the work the physicians, nurses, and staff does here to take care of our community. They deserve all the praise in the world!” Alvarado Hospital Chief Financial Officer Marilyn Sharp feels likewise. “We put so much emphasis on patient- and staff safety here, it just feels great that the hard work shows such tangible results.” Sharp adds, “This is what It’s all about: providing a safe place for our patients to be cared for and to heal. This is even more notable considering the past two years of the pandemic.”

During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in hospital. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ were, on average:

  • 55.8% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 52.6% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 66.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 65.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*

When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it’s important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award Recipients, on average, 100,189 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

Consumers can visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represents 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.