A just-released ranking of America’s safest hospitals places Parrish
Medical Center at No. 17 in the survey’s 100-400 beds category.
The SafeCare Group’s 2016 ‘Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals®’
listing named PMC–a Parrish Healthcare integrated care partner–one
of the country’s safest hospitals for the second straight year.
In 2014, Consumer Reports named PMC Florida’s safest hospital.
“This is the latest evidence that our network of healthcare professionals
is providing the patients we are honored to serve with superior levels
of quality, safety and healing patient experiences, while also lowering
health costs,” said George Mikitarian, PMC president and chief executive
officer. “This shows we place the health and well-being of our patients
above all else.”
According to The SafeCare Group, “the 100 SafeCare Hospitals®
represents the nation’s top performing hospitals in 40 evidence-based
metrics of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ value-based
programs, readmissions reduction, and hospital acquired conditions programs.”
PMC’s spot on the list was earned through superior patient care,
according to Yisrael M. Safeek, The SafeCare Group’s president and
chief executive officer.
“If all U.S. hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® level,
there would be improvement in the more than 400,000 preventable patient
deaths and millions of preventable complications that occur each year,”
Dr. Safeek wrote in a congratulatory message to PMC.
Mikitarian said that those statistics show that PMC’s safety record
is preventing deaths.
“The 400,000 figure translates to about 700 preventable deaths in
Brevard County annually,” Mikitarian said. “That’s why
safety is so critical to patients and their families, and why we work
so hard and measure ourselves so carefully.
“It’s also the reason the government, through the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services and other healthcare rating organizations
such as The SafeCare Group, are publicly reporting safety and quality
statistics. It enables Americans and Brevard residents to know which hospitals
are proving to be high quality, safe and lower cost.”
A national healthcare debate centers on improving clinical quality, providing
safe patient care and meeting patients’ healthcare experience expectations
while also working to reduce overall healthcare costs through clinical
“Ratings by The SafeCare Group, The Joint Commission, the CMS, The
LeapFrog Group, and others serve to bring to the forefront those who are
top performers and those who aren’t,” said Mikitarian.
“There’s great information available today to enable people
to go past what hospitals say about themselves and instead find objective,
highly researched, carefully measured information that will enable them
to choose their health care providers based on quality, safety and cost,”
PMC was selected to The Top 100 SafeCare Hospitals” list based upon
superior performance with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers
and Systems (HCAHPS), Core [quality] Measures, 30-Day Mortality rates,
30-Day Readmissions, Complications Rates in Medical and Surgical Care,
and Medical and Surgical Infections.