Study rates patient safety at Kent in top 5% of nation’s hospitals


Kent Hospital is the recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals. In a recent study by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital, Kent Hospital is one of only 263 hospitals in the country to receive this designation and the only hospital in Rhode Island.

The study finds that Medicare patients at Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals were almost 48 percent less likely to experience one of 13 preventable safety events compared to hospitals in the bottom 5 percent in the nation. According to the study, if all hospitals performed at Kent’s level of distinction, approximately 254,000 patient safety events and 56,367 deaths among Medicare patients could have been avoided.

To identify the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients, HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals nationwide that participate in the Medicare program. Participation in the HealthGrades study is not voluntary and hospitals cannot choose to opt out of the analysis.

“On behalf of Kent Hospital, we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious distinction. Patient safety is at the heart of all that we do every day. Through the work of the Michael J. Woods Institute to the frontline work of the clinicians and staff, we must be continually vigilant. We are responsible for so many lives and because we are given such an important mission, we must always strive to be better,” Sandra L. Coletta, Kent Hospital president and CEO, said in a statement.

“From improving communication to implementing protocols to make surgery safer, hospitals across the country are working harder to reduce preventable patient safety events. The results of these efforts are clear among this year’s HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals,” Kristin Reed, MPH, vice president of hospital quality programs at HealthGrades and author of the study, said in a statement. “Hospitals like Kent Hospital are not only setting the bar for high standards of patient safety, but also serving as an example for other hospitals.”

More information on HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and the ratings methodology is available at


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