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Excelling in Patient Safety – Adventist Medical Center

Awards & Recognition Consumers can now see how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The latest Hospital Safety Score honored Adventist Medical Center (AMC) with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. Hospital scores are transparent and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Adventist Health is less concerned about accolades and more focused on doing the right thing for every patient every time,” states Wes Rippey MD, Chief Medical Officer at Adventist Health. “We are however grateful for this “A” rating from a reputable national patient safety organization echoing our daily commitment to serving every patient with extraordinary clinical judgment through clear and open communication. This grade is the result of treating every patient as if they were our own family,” continues Rippey.

Medical errors are one of the nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This means that more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS.

So what can consumers to do ensure that they are in the best healing environment? “The most important way consumers can help to prevent errors is to be an active member of the healthcare team. That means engaging in every decision about your healthcare,” continues Rippey. Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care tend to get better results.

“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the clinicians, administration, and staff of Adventist Medical Center for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority.”  Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. To learn more visit www.Leapfrog.org.

About Adventist Health 
Adventist Medical Center (AMC), located in southeast Portland, is a nonprofit, 302-bed acute care facility, offering a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services throughout the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area is the flagship of Adventist Health services in the Portland area. Adventist Health-Portland, is staffed my more than 2,000 employees and includes 37 primary care and specialty clinics in the metro area.

Adventist Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,600 includes more than 20,500 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,600 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 220 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. We invite you to visit www.adventisthealthnw.com for more information.