Garden City Hospital receives Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Garden City, MI – April 11, 2017- Garden City Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

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.

“As Garden City Hospital continues to grow and change,” said Saju George, CEO of Garden City Hospital, “we remain dedicated to our investment in exceptional staff and quality and safety initiatives. This is the foundation of our commitment to the patient and the community. Our transformative journey continues and we are excited for what is yet to come at Garden City Hospital.”

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6% 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 bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

As part of the commitment to patient safety and positive outcomes, Garden City Hospital continues with successful methods that include leadership rounding, daily safety huddle, and investments to enhance quality and 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 and cooperation interdepartmentally to address and solve problems.”

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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).

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About Garden City Hospital:

Garden City Hospital is a 176 bed community hospital located in Garden City, Michigan with a full range of services and off-site locations. The hospital is consistently ranked nationally for clinical excellence with a 5-Star Quality Award ™ from Health Grades for Critical Care, Cardiac Care, Gastrointestinal, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Patient Safety, Prostate Surgery, and Pulmonary Service and is a Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. GCH earned HFAP certification as a primary stroke center and Gold Plus standing from the American Heart Association. The hospital is recognized by U.S. News and World report as high performing for treatment of COPD and Heart Failure and received the Leap Frog designation for excellence in patient safety in 2016. Learn more at

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation:

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. Twelve of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 36 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only “Top 10 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 includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.