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November 2018 - Volume 15 - Issue 5

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Delray Medical Center & Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Delray Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center are both ‘A’ rated hospitals from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Delray Medical Center’s and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This is the third straight year Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center receives an “A” rating.  
 
The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. 
 
“With our high standard of safety and commitment to quality care at Delray Medical Center, we are so proud to achieve this distinguished award,” said Delray Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, Maggie Gill. “This designation is a testament to our patients that we are providing them with the highest level of safety and care every day when they come into our hospital.”
 
“Our hospital has demonstrated its commitment to our patients and our community,” said Teresa Urquhart, interim chief executive officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “I want to congratulate the team at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for its continued focus on safety excellence.”
 
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Delray Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” 
 
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
 
Delray Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see Delray Medical Center and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook. 
 
About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a 199-bed acute care hospital serving the medical and healthcare needs of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for more than 45 years. The hospital was the first in Palm Beach County to perform open-heart surgery and has since remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals, having performed over 16,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations to date. 
 
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care including the minimally invasive procedures, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip. The hospital is also the first in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County to adopt the new minimally invasive convergent approach, designed to reduce procedure times and improve early outcomes for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Additional services include orthopedics and joint replacement, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, diagnostic imaging, general and robotic surgery, an Epilepsy Program and 24-hour emergency care. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s Emergency Department offers all private rooms and is equipped with technology to help increase patient comfort, reduce wait times and provide up-to-the-minute patient status, as well as immediate access to film-based radiological images, interpretations and related data.  The hospital’s Epilepsy Program is the first of its kind in Palm Beach County to have a dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for patients in need of further assessment. 
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for four years in a row and by Healthgrades® as a Five-Star Recipient for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 10 consecutive years (2007-2016). The hospital was also named by Healthgrades® as one of the 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2016, and was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2013-2015). Additionally, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and received its sixth consecutive “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scoreā„ . For more information or for a complimentary physician referral, please call 561-625-5070 or visit www.pbgmc.com.  
 
About Delray Medical Center
For more than 30 years, Delray Medical Center, a 535-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and state-designated Level I Trauma Center located on a 42-acre medical plaza, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including cardiac care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, neurosciences, emergency care and more. 
For the past 11 years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades®, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The hospital is one of only four hospitals nationwide to receive the Healthgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for 15 years in a row. Delray Medical Center is one of only 258 hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient outcomes according to a study by Healthgrades®. The hospital has also achieved recognition from Florida Blue as a Blue Distinction® Center for Cardiac Care.
Delray Medical Center is a state-designated Comprehensive Stroke Center and Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. In addition, the hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines - Heart Failure and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Delray Medical Center was also named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals with great heart programs by Becker’s Hospital Review. Pinecrest Rehabilitation and Outpatient Hospital at Delray Medical Center is designated by the State of Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Center for Adults and has received 3-year accreditation status as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program from CARF International.
Furthermore, Delray Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for the third year in a row. Delray Medical Center is actively involved in community outreach, sponsoring several events, community lectures and fundraisers. The hospital is also a smoke-free campus. For more information or for a free physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit the website at www.delraymedicalctr.com.
 
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