Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk Ranks in Top 5% in Nation for Patient Safety for Fifth Year in a Row

Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk Ranks in Top 5% in Nation  for Patient Safety for Fifth Year in a Row
July 31, 2018

Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk is the recipient of the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™  for the fifth year in a row (2014-2018). This designation recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays, according to Healthgrades.

The distinction places Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk among the top 5% of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, a trusted provider of information to millions of U.S. healthcare consumers.

“If you have to go to the hospital, it’s important to choose a hospital that is dedicated to safety, and ours has a proven track record of preventing further illness and injury to its patients,” said Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk CEO Hector Hernandez, MD.

During the 2014-2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 55.6% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 52.4% 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
  • 62.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals
  • 54.3% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals[1]

“We are proud to be able to offer the residents of Norwalk safe care that is nationally recognized,” added Keith Levy, hospital administrator.

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades chief medical officer. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.”

In addition to the Patient Safety Excellence award, Healthgrades also recognized Norwalk Community Hospital in 2018 with Five Stars for Hip Fracture Treatment, Appendectomy, Esophageal-Stomach Surgeries, Treatment of Bowel Obstruction, Treatment of GI Bleed, Treatment of Pancreatitis, and COPD Treatment.

If all hospitals achieved the average performance of award recipients for each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated, during the 2014-2016 study period, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided.

Read the complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology.

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is primarily constructed using AHRQ Technical Specifications version 5E applied to MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare.