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Published on June 17, 2015

Rutland Regional Named One of Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ Recipients


Healthgrades Award logoRutland Regional announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. The distinction places Rutland Regional among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation, for three years in a row for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

On average, 133,896 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2011 from 2013, 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:

  • 43.9% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 53.6% 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.
  • 47.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 43.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

“Rutland Regional is honored to be recognized for a third year as a leader in patient safety, performance and quality as the recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™,” said Tom Huebner, president and chief executive officer of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “This accomplishment, along with the six additional honors that we received from Healthgrades, is affirmation of the hard work of our staff and physicians.”

“We commend all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.

During the study period (2011-2013), Healthgrades 2015 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).


To learn more or to download a full copy of the report, visit Healthgrades.com today.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest health care facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.

Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

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