June 04, 2019

Conroe, TX — HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe announces that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

"Patient safety is paramount to our patients' wellbeing and vital in our overall role as caregivers," said Matt Davis, CEO, HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. "The 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ is a testament to the amazing work our team does every day to ensure Montgomery County residents receive the safest care possible, close to home."

"We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay," said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. "We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient."

HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe has implemented best-practice quality initiatives to protect our patients. These efforts include optimization programs to wean patients off mechanical support, frequent meetings on patient-floors to address any potential barriers, equipment upgrades, and the use of statistical tools to determine potential risk factors before they could affect care. In addition to the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe has achieved an 'A' in Patient Safety by the Leapfrog group for two consecutive grading periods.

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*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology, which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.