Mercy Hospital Joplin was recently named to the prestigious list of only 466 hospitals across the nation to earn the 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™.
The elite list of hospitals recognizes the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.
Patient safety recipients were determined by evaluating how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events.
“This award recognizes hospitals that have exceptional outcomes for those things that are critically important to patients,” said Dennis Manley, chief nursing officer of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “Prevention of these serious events is vital to keeping patients safe.”
Evan Marks, chief safety officer for Healthgrades, explains, “Our analysis reveals that patient safety is strongly associated with high quality care, so it is vitally important to choose a hospital that performs well on these key indicators. In addition, we found that consumers are increasingly using patient experience and satisfaction as a measure to both evaluate hospitals and to select where they want to obtain care, so hospitals need to listen to patients about what matters most in driving patient evaluations of their hospital.”
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.