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August 2019 - Volume 16 - Issue 2

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Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

May 15, 2019 - PBGMC reported that it is The Only Hospital In Palm Beach County To Get Straight A’s Four Consecutive Times (2017-2019)
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. 
 
“Our hospital has demonstrated its commitment to our patients and our community for the 4th straight time,” said Teresa Urquhart, chief executive officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. “I want to congratulate the team at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for its continued focus on patient safety excellence.”
 
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”  
 
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook. 
 
 
 
About Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center is a 199-bed acute care hospital serving the medical and healthcare needs of Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for more than 45 years. The hospital was the first in Palm Beach County to perform open-heart surgery and has since remained one of the area’s leading heart hospitals, having performed over 16,000 open-heart surgeries and more than 100,000 cardiac catheterizations to date. 
 
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care including the minimally invasive procedures, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and MitraClip. The hospital is also the first in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County to adopt the new minimally invasive convergent approach, designed to reduce procedure times and improve early outcomes for patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.
Additional services include orthopedics and joint replacement, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, diagnostic imaging, general and robotic surgery, an Epilepsy Program and 24-hour emergency care. Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center’s Emergency Department offers all private rooms and is equipped with technology to help increase patient comfort, reduce wait times and provide up-to-the-minute patient status, as well as immediate access to film-based radiological images, interpretations and related data.  The hospital’s Epilepsy Program is the first of its kind in Palm Beach County to have a dedicated Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for patients in need of further assessment. 
 
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center has been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for four years in a row and by Healthgrades® as a Five-Star Recipient for the Treatment of Heart Failure for 10 consecutive years (2007-2016). The hospital was also named by Healthgrades® as one of the 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery in 2016, and was the recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for three years in a row (2013-2015). Additionally, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and received its sixth consecutive “A” rating in The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scoreā„ . For more information or for a complimentary physician referral, please call 561-625-5070 or visit www.pbgmc.com.  
 
 
 
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