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Centinela Hospital Medical Center Receives Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence™ Award 4 Years in a Row

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Centinela Hospital Medical Center Receives Healthgrades  Patient Safety Excellence™ Award 4 Years in a Row

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – April 5, 2017 – Centinela Hospital Medical Center today announced that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes Patient Safety Excellence Award 2017superior performance in hospitals that have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. This marks the fourth year in a row that Centinela Hospital Medical Center has received this distinction and places it among the top 5% of all acute-care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance, as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“I am very proud of our clinicians and staff for their tireless efforts to deliver exceptional care that ensures the safety and wellbeing of every patient,” said Linda Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Centinela Hospital Medical Center. “We are humbled to receive this award that recognizes our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care. This is what all patients and community members deserve.”

During the 2013-2015 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.0% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.6% 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 catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.

“Centinela Hospital is committed to providing a culture of patient safety where the focus is always on safe patient care,” said Mohammad Abdelnaser, Chief Nursing Officer, Centinela Hospital Medical Center. “Patient Safety is the responsibility of all staff, both clinical and non-clinical. Our team is required to contribute to this culture through annual competency training, monthly meetings, shift huddles, patient round requirements, safety drills, and more.”

“Hospitals that have been recognized as Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and also surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

On average, 134,568 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2013 to 2015, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

During the study period (2013-2015), Healthgrades 2017 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 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

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About Centinela Hospital Medical Center

Centinela Hospital Medical Center, a member of Prime Healthcare, was founded in 1924 as Milton Hospital and since then has been serving the communities of Inglewood and Los Angeles. An award-winning facility, ranking in the top 5% nationally for quality and patient safety, Centinela Hospital is a 369-bed acute-care hospital offering a Level III emergency department, orthopedic care, advanced cardiac services, peripheral artery disease treatment, and OB/GYN services in a caring environment. Centinela Hospital is actively involved in improving the health of the community with programs designed to meet the needs of those that it serves. For more information visit

Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software to MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.