Norwalk Community Hospital Named Among Top 5 Percent in Nation for Patient Safety in 2022
Norwalk and Los Angeles Community Hospitals are recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places these hospitals among the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.
“At this critical time during a pandemic, it is even more relevant that Los Angeles and Norwalk Community Hospitals are committed to patient safety,” said the hospitals’ CEO Hector Hernandez. “This national recognition reflects our commitment to patient care in East LA and Norwalk regions.”
During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in-hospital.
What This Means for Patients
Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ were, on average:
- 8 percent less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
- 6 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
- 2 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
- 8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*
When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals—with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it's important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award Recipients, on average, 100,189 patient safety events could have been avoided.*
“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Healthgrades’ Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science. “We are proud to name Los Angeles and Norwalk Community Hospitals as 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”
Learn more about LA Community Hospital’s national clinical achievements.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award™ methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.