Lakeland Receives Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award™
Oct 13, 2014 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently received the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a distinction that places Lakeland within the top 5 percent of all hospitals for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. This is the second consecutive year that Lakeland has earned this honor.

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 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 preventing errors from occurring and preventing harm to our patients.”

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