Lakeland Honored for Excellence in Patient Safety
Oct 13, 2014 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland HealthCare recently received the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places Lakeland within the top 10 percent of all hospitals for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays.
The 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award highlights those hospitals that have achieved better than expected performance for 13 of 14 patient safety indicators (PSIs) evaluated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. These indicators measure how often hospitals experience a preventable patient safety event.
“Due to the high importance placed on our culture of safety at Lakeland, we have been able to not only reduce our safety-related events, but to outperform expectations in the prevention of safety incidents,” said Eileen Willits, RN, PhD, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Executive, Co-Chief of Quality. “This distinction recognizes our commitment to detecting, correcting, and preventing errors from occurring and preventing harm to our patients.”
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About Lakeland HealthCare
Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. In 2013, Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Hospital, Niles were named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® as ranked by Truven Health Analytics. Lakeland has over 4,000 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout southwest Michigan, and partners with more than 400 affiliated physicians and other providers. For more information, visit