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For Immediate Release

May 22, 2019

Contact: Kaitlynn Riley, Coordinator of Marketing and Business Development

Telephone: 734-458-4276


Garden City Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

Among the top five percent in the Nation for Patient Safety

(Garden City, MI – May 22, 2019) – Garden City Hospital announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the hospital among the top five percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

Garden City Hospital is one of only four hospitals in the top five percent in Michigan to receive the award this year. This is the fourth consecutive year the hospital has earned this distinction.

Garden City Hospital is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for four consecutive years (2016-2019) than any other health system in the country.

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 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 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

“Patient safety is at the forefront of everything we do. As we continue to grow and change, our investment remains in exceptional staff, quality and safety initiatives for our patients and community we serve,” says Saju George, CEO Garden City Hospital and Regional CEO for MI Market. “We are honored and humbled to have received this award for another year. Congratulations to our nurses, physicians and entire team of healthcare professionals for their constant hard work and dedication in making this recognition possible.”

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital. [1]

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

About Garden City Hospital:

Garden City Hospital is a 176-bed community hospital with a full range of services. GCH has provided over 70 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 the 100 Top Hospitals® and Everest Award by IBM Watson Health™ in 2019 and ranked among top five percent in Michigan for clinical excellence with the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ from Health Grades. The hospital has also earned the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ and separate Five Star Awards for pacemaker procedures, hip fracture treatment, gallbladder removal surgery and treatment of sepsis from Health Grades in 2019 and is a Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. 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


Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.