(Garden City, MI — April 19, 2016) – Garden City Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Garden City Hospital among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

According to Saju George, CEO of Garden City Hospital, “This recognition is a true testament to our staff and physicians’ dedication and commitment to provide quality patient care. We continually strive to invest in quality and safety initiatives to benefit our community. We have had a transformative journey at Garden City Hospital and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”

On average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2012 from 2014, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.2% 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 catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

“The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to improve patient safety, but to outperform expectations in the prevention of adverse safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety 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).

As part of the commitment to patient safety and positive outcomes, Garden City Hospital has instituted forward thinking and cutting edge tools to enable staff to more accurately and appropriately deal with issues that may arise. A few of the most successful methods include leadership rounding, daily safety huddle, and investments of over $10 million to enhance safety. “Garden City Hospital instituted designated weekly rounding by all department heads to improve dialog amongst staff and increase visibility and accessibility to patients,” continued George. “The daily safety huddle alerts all staff to potential issues regarding patient safety and encourages communication interdepartmentally to address and solve problems.” Finally, Garden City Hospital’s $10 million in safety investment used the 3-T approach: technology, tools and training.

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About Garden City Hospital

Garden City Hospital is a 300 bed community hospital located in Garden City, Michigan. Garden City Hospital offers a full range of services and off-site locations. Our Specialty Center in Westland, Michigan includes the Center for Sleep Disorders, Center for Breast Care, Center for Sports & Family Medicine, Outpatient Rehab, and the Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Services. In addition to the Specialty Center, Garden City Hospital provides home healthcare services through United Home Health Services. Garden City Hospital is HFAP accredited and a Certified Primary Stroke Center with Gold Plus standing for Stroke Care through The American Heart Association’s Get with The Guidelines™. We are a Healthgrades 5-Star Quality Award™ recipient within the categories of Critical Care, Cardiac, Gastrointestinal, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Patient Safety, Prostate Surgery, and Pulmonary Services. Visit to learn more.

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.