Putnam Community Medical Center in the top 10 percent in the Nation for Patient Safety

Palatka, FL — Putnam Community Medical Center (PCMC) announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This distinction places Putnam Community Medical Center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“We are incredibly proud of the team effort of our patient safety initiatives at PCMC and receiving this on the heels of our ‘Leapfrog A’ is further testament to the dedication and investment that our team and company have put into caring for our community.” Mark Dooley, CEO Putnam Community Medical Center, “Our mission as a company states: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life, and by living that mission we are achieving these patient safety accolades. We are committed to not only caring for our friends and neighbors in Putnam County, but providing them the very best care available. HCA has invested an incredible amount of resources in providing quality care. Achieving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award shows that we are doing the right things and moving further in the right direction as a hospital.”

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

Over the past 5 years, Putnam Community Medical Center has gone from an “F” hospital in Leapfrog Patient Safety rating achieving an “A” and now achieving the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. HCA Healthcare acquired and began operating the hospital in 2015 and over that same timeframe, has invested over $38 million in capital improvements and equipment in order to provide healthcare to the citizens of Putnam County and surrounding communities.

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies on Healthgrades website.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.