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Virtua wins National Recognition for Patient Safety
Story Number is : 081317113

Richard P. Miller (right), President and CEO of Virtua, displays the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ during its presentation to Virtua. With him is Jamie Meadow, Director, Quality Solutions, for Healthgrades.
Virtua, a leading South Jersey health system, has been honored for its outstanding record for patient safety. Virtua received the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, which recognizes hospitals for superior performance in preventing serious, potentially avoidable complications during hospital stays.
The distinction places Virtua in the top 10% of hospitals nationally for patient safety, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
“Virtua is honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for the services we provide to our patients," said Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua. “Virtua has rigorous standards and we continually monitor clinical performance to ensure that our patients are safe and receive the highest quality care.”

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving its Patient Safety Excellence Award had better outcomes, on average, than patients at other hospitals, including:
• 40% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure.
• 45% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
• 54% less likely to acquire a catheter-related bloodstream infection at the hospital.
• 50% less likely to acquire pressure sores or bed sores at the hospital.

An estimated 135,000 patient safety incidents could have been avoided from 2013 to 2015 if all hospitals performed similarly to the Healthgrades award recipients.

These hospitals “have minimized patient safety events and surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the 2013-2015 study period, 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 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

“Virtua’s quality and safety standards and procedures are reinforced through constant training and the implementation of best practices from simple procedures to the most technologically advanced,” said John Matsinger, DO, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of Virtua. “Our physicians and staff continue to strive on behalf of our patients and their families to provide exceptional care every day. We are all very proud of this recognition by Healthgrades.”

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit

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