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St. Mary’s Medical Center recognized for superior outcomes in patient safety according to Healthgrades

Blue Springs, MO (October 20, 2020) – St. Mary’s Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places St. Mary’s among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. St. Mary’s Medical Center is a member of Prime Healthcare, which operates 45 hospitals in 14 states.

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates—for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Quality along with great customer service is a top priority of St. Mary’s Medical Center and doing it consistently is what sets us apart from other hospitals,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center. Our staff understands the importance of providing this exceptional care from start to finish, and it’s proven with our customer’s confidence who know that when they need medical assistance, they come to us each and every time.” St. Mary’s Medical Center was also recognized as Five-Star Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average*:

48.3% 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.

54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represents three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About St. Mary’s Medical Center

St. Mary’s Medical Center is a faith-based, 146-bed teaching hospital located in Blue Springs, Missouri, providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art imaging and cardiovascular care. Key services include the St. Mary’s Heart Center, Stroke Center, Breast Center, Wound Center, Joint and Spine Institute, and Surgical Institutes and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. It is a member of Prime Healthcare, an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 45,000 jobs in 14 states. For more information, call 816-228-5900 or visit

Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 53 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times. We believe that continuous, quality of care and performance improvements are the foundation for preserving and enhancing healthcare delivery.