BRG and Ochsner Baton Rouge only two local hospitals on the list
BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge General (BRG) was one of only two Baton
Rouge hospitals recognized for patient safety in an award announced this week.
Only 466 hospitals across the nation achieved the
Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, including BRG’s Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses and Ochsner Baton
Rouge. The distinction places this elite group of hospitals within the
top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for their excellent performance
in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications
during their hospital stays.
“This recognition is a testament to our commitment to quality and
patient safety,” said BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter. “Our
team’s unwavering focus allows us to create exceptional experiences
and value for the people we serve.”
Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were determined by evaluating
the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 14 Patient
Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and
Four types of events make up nearly 75 percent of all patient safety events
reported by hospitals. These include: accidental cut, puncture, or hemorrhage;
collapsed lung; infections; and bed sores.
Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Patient Safety
Excellence Award were, on average:
- 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation
or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or
surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient
- 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections
acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
- 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in
the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
Recently, BRG’s parent company (General Health System) and Ochsner
plans to partner to create the region’s highest quality, lowest cost healthcare delivery
system. Both health systems share a like-minded approach to patient care
and safety. In 2015, BRG and Ochsner were the only two hospitals in Baton
Rouge to receive an ‘A’ for safety from the
Leapfrog Group. Of the 2,530 hospitals in the country that were issued a Hospital Safety
Score, only 773 earned an A.
Both hospitals have also been recognized by CareChex for medical excellence
and overall medical care. In 2016, Baton Rouge General was named #1 in
Louisiana for overall medical care, while Ochsner Baton Rouge was named
#1 in Louisiana for medical excellence.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital
with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in
the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has
provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare
for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge
General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine,
and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing,
School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal
Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For
more information, visit
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