HCA Florida Ocala Hospital has announced that it is the recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the sixth year in a row.
This award places HCA Florida Ocala Hospital among the top five percent of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades.
In a press release, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital stated that it focuses daily on patient safety and care excellence to provide patients with best possible outcomes. This commitment, according to the hospital, is shown by the consecutive selections for the Patient Safety Excellence award, identification as a Top 100 Hospital, numerous Specialty Clinical Quality Awards, and an overall ranking in the top five percent in the county for consistently delivering clinical quality care.
Dr. Kevin Klauer, Chief Medical Officer for HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital, stated, “Despite our rapidly growing community and our expansive services including our extensive neurological, cardiovascular, and trauma services, we never lose sight of the importance of quality and our commitment to each and every patient.”
According to Healthgrades, data from 2018 to 2021 showed that nearly 164,600 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in hospitals throughout the United States. Healthgrades stated that the following four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of those patient safety events:
- A hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall.
- A collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery.
- Pressure or bed sores that were acquired in the hospital.
- Catheter-related bloodstream infections that were acquired in the hospital.
The analysis from Healthgrades revealed that patients who were treated in hospitals receiving the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
- 61.4% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in a hip fracture than patients who were treated at a non-recipient medical facility.
- 52.7% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery in or around the chest than patients who were treated at a non-recipient medical facility.
- 66.1% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients who were treated at a non-recipient medical facility.
- 67.3% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital than patients who were treated in a non-recipient medical facility.
A total of 95,880 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the 2023 Patient Safety Award Recipients, according to Healthgrades.
“We are proud to name HCA Florida Ocala Hospital as a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a top priority,” stated Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and head of Data Science at Healthgrades.
For more information on how Healthgrades measures the quality of a hospital, visit the Healthgrades website.
To learn more about HCA Florida Healthcare, which includes over 570 affiliated sites of care across the state including HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (1431 SW 1st Avenue in Ocala) and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala), visit the HCA Florida Healthcare website.