CCMH among top 5% for patient safety

Lawton_Comanche County Memorial Hospital announced on Tuesday that it has been named a 2008 "Distinguished Hospital for Patient Safety," as part of an independent study by HealthGrades, the nation's leading healthcare ratings company.

This distinction reflects the hospital's performance among the top 5% nationally for patient safety outcomes, according to the company's fifth annual study - the largest of its kind.  Comanche County Memorial Hospital is one of only 249 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 to receive this recognition.

"We are pleased to see that our efforts to provide healthcare in the safest manner possible are reflected in this independent study," stated Randy Segler, CEO at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.  "We hope that it gives our patients and their families confidence and peace of mind knowing that they can trust the care that is available to them here in Southwest Oklahoma," state Segler.

HealthGrades' analysis of 41 million Medicare patient records found that patients treated at top-performing hospitals had, on average, a 43% lower chance of experiencing one or more medical errors compared to the poorest-performing hospitals.  According to HealthGrades, if all US hospitals had performed at the level of HealthGrades 2008 Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety, over 200,000 patient safety incidents could have been avoided while saving the US approximately $2 Billion from 2004 to 2006.

"Comanche County Memorial Hospital is among those hospitals leading the way to reduce these costly errors and improve patient care in America," said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades' chief medical officer and the primary author of the study.  "HealthGrades commends Comanche County Memorial Hospital for its commitment to ensuring patients receive the safest-possible medical care.  It is imperative that the benchmarks set by those hospitals that have successfully reduced medical errors be shared and adopted industry-wide."

"I would like to especially thank our physicians, employees, volunteers, and everyone from our organization for their dedication to excellence and the pride they take in doing their very best each and every day," said Segler.  "This award not only reflects outstanding patient care, but all that is done to assist in the provision of that care from housekeeping to surgery and everything in between," said Pat Henry, Chairman of the CCMH Board of Trustees.  "This is definitely a team effort that represents an atmosphere of excellence at every level in the organization," said Henry.  "I couldn't be more proud of the outstanding accomplishment and what it means for those we care for in Southwest Oklahoma," Henry said.

The fifth annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study applies methodology developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to identify the incident rates of 13 patient safety indicators among Medicare patients at virtually all of the nation's nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals.  Additionally, HealthGrades applied it's methodology to identify the best-performing hospitals, or Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety, which represent the top 5% of all US hospitals.