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Kaitlynn Riley, Coordinator of Marketing and Business Development


Garden City Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Garden City Hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Garden City, MI – June 30, 2020 – Garden City Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places Garden City 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.

Garden City Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for five consecutive years (2016-2020) than any other health system in the country, according to Healthgrades.

“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.”

“Garden City Hospital is honored to have been named a hospital of excellence for patient safety for the fifth consecutive year, says Saju George, Regional CEO of Prime Healthcare Michigan Market. “This news provides a special level of comfort to our community, especially during these unprecedented times, that their care is safe in our hands. It is also a true testament of our team’s dedication to patient safety as our number one priority.”

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.*

Garden City Hospital has invested in the following initiatives for patient safety:

  • Pharmacy Antimicrobial Stewardship Program to help provide education to patients and staff about antibiotic safety and the risks of overusing.
  • C. diff risk assessment for nurses to complete every shift for three days upon admission. This assessment tool helps with early diagnosis and decreased spread of infection.
  • Pharmacy Meds-to-Beds Program to ensure patients receive their medications before discharge to increase medication compliance and safety.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*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 represents three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Garden City Hospital:Garden City Hospital, a part of Prime Healthcare, is a community hospital with a full range of services. GCH has provided over 74 years of caring to the residents of Western Wayne County, Michigan. Over the past few years, the hospital has been recognized nationally through quality awards such as being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for Orthopedic Surgery in 2020 and the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ by Healthgrades for two consecutive years. Garden City Hospital is also a 2020 five-star recipient for pacemaker procedures, hip fracture treatment, spinal fusion surgery, gallbladder removal surgery and treatment of stroke by Healthgrades and is a BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. Garden City Hospital was also named a 100 Top Hospital® and Everest Award winner by IBM Watson Health™ in 2019 and has been ranked among top five percent in Michigan for clinical excellence by Healthgrades for more than four consecutive years. Learn more at

About Prime Healthcare: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 45,000 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 47 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime is the only “10 Top Health System” west of the Mississippi. Prime Healthcare hospitals are annually recognized as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission. For more information, please visit