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St. Joseph Hospital Earns Healthgrades Patient Safety Award for the Second Year


Nashua, NH – St. Joseph Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2017 Healthgrades Patient Safety Award™. St. Joseph Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the state of New Hampshire to be recognized with this distinction and the only hospital to have earned this award two years in a row for its excellent performance. The criteria for this award are evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for their excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety.

Patient safety measures how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections and other serious conditions based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events. It’s also been noted that Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients are at least 1.6 times more likely to exhibit superior outcomes.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the employees and physicians of St. Joseph Hospital for their tireless efforts to provide exceptional and safe care. This is truly an organization-wide achievement to the benefit of our patients in protecting them from preventable complications while they are receiving care in our facility,” states Dr. Rich Boehler, President and CEO.

According to Healthgrades, 279,376 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of the 14 patient safety measures. Safety measures are tracked by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality between 2013-2015.  Overall the organization awarded only 482 Patient Safety Awards to the more than 5,000 hospitals evaluated.

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About St. Joseph Hospital                                                                                                                                          

St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, is a regional, full-service healthcare system dedicated to providing innovative, high quality healthcare. The main campus, St. Joseph Hospital, is a 208-bed facility combining the latest technologies and personalized medicine with conveniences such as around-the-clock emergency services, comprehensive, specialized treatment and preventive services at the Cardiovascular & Diabetes Center, Breast Care Center, and Cancer Center, DNV GL-accredited stroke program at our hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and labor and delivery services at the Childbirth Center. We offer an extensive physician network of specialists and primary care providers. Affiliates include St. Joseph School of Nursing.

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