For Immediate Release
May 10, 2018

Contact: Leslie Fleming, Director of Marketing and Business Development

Telephone: 734-458-4267


Garden City Hospital Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Among the top five percent of all acute care hospitals in the nation

reporting patient safety data

(Garden City, MI – May 10, 2018) – Garden City Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

Garden City Hospital is the only hospital in Wayne County, Michigan to receive this recognition this year and one of only 12 acute care hospitals in the state of Michigan. This is the third year in a row Garden City Hospital has earned this award.

Garden City Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, and Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for three consecutive years (2016-2018) than any other health system in the country.

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.”

The distinction places Garden City Hospital among the top five percent of all 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.

“This achievement is significant for our patients and the community our hospital serves. Nothing is more important than the safety of our patients,” said Saju George, Garden City Hospital CEO. “Making sure patients and families feel that it’s okay to speak up and ask questions is really a critical component of patient safety culture at Garden City Hospital. I want to congratulate our nurses, physicians, and entire team of healthcare professionals for their hard work and dedication in making this recognition possible.”

During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 52.4 percent 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
  • 62.8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals[1]

During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 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).

If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014 to 2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.

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About Garden City Hospital:

Garden City Hospital is a 176-bed community hospital with a full range of services and off-site locations. GCH has provided over 70 years of caring to the residents of western Wayne County, Michigan. For the past three years, the hospital has been ranked nationally for clinical excellence with a 5-Star Overall Quality Award ™ from Health Grades and separate Five Star Awards in 2018 for pacemaker procedures, hip fracture treatment. gallbladder surgery and colorectal surgery from Health Grades and is a Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. The ER at GCH attained Trauma III designation in 2018. GCH earned HFAP certification as a primary stroke center and Gold Plus standing from the American Heart Association. Learn more at

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation:

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 44,000 jobs in 14 states. Fifteen of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare is committed to ensuring access to quality healthcare. Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 42 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime is the only “10 Top Health System” west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.