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Prime Healthcare Hospitals Nationally Recognized for
Low Rate of Serious Complications

Four California hospitals within Prime Healthcare are recognized among 49 hospitals nationally to have the lowest proportion of serious medical errors per hospital discharge, according to Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality (April 12, 2016).

The four hospitals were some of the only hospitals in their markets to be nationally recognized for a low proportion of serious medical errors.

“We are building a culture of patient-centered care and that begins with ensuring safety and reliability,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Prime Healthcare’s California and Nevada hospitals. “We are honored to receive this recognition which reflects our commitment to our patients.”

The national average rate for the ratio of serious complications to discharges is 0.81. The hospitals with the lowest proportion of serious medical errors ranged from 0.37 to 0.49. Shasta Regional Medical Center (Redding, CA) is near the top of the list at 0.42. Alvarado Hospital (San Diego, CA) checks in at 0.43. Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center, (Garden Grove, CA) was 0.48, and Paradise Valley Hospital (National City, CA) landed at 0.49.

Numbers were calculated using the Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) 90 measure, a weighted average of the reliability-adjusted observed-to-expected ratios (indirect standardization of the smoothed rates) for several patient safety indicators. PSIs are a set of indicators used to provide information on hospital complications and adverse events following surgeries, procedures, and childbirth, used by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Hospital Compare data were gathered from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, the most recent data available.