Safety is Our Priority

Virtua is honored with the 2016 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. This recognizes superior performance in hospitals that prevent the occurrence of serious and avoidable complications for patients.


Read news release below for more information about the prestigious award.

Virtua Receives Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Virtua has achieved the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Virtua among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. 

“Virtua is honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for the services we provide to our patients," said Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua. “Virtua has rigorous standards to monitor clinical performance, ensuring that our patients are safe and receive the highest quality care.”

On average, 270,457 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2012 from 2014, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 patient safety indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 40.2% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 44.2% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 50.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
“The recipients of the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award have not only found ways to reduce patient safety events, but to outperform expectations in prevention of safety incidents,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer of Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

During the study period (2012-2014), Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  

“Virtua’s quality and safety standards and procedures are reinforced through constant training and the implementation of best practices from simple procedures to the most technologically advanced,” said John Matsinger, DO, EVP and Chief Clinical Officer of Virtua. “Our physicians and staff continue to strive everyday on behalf of our patients and their families to provide consistent high-quality care. We are all very proud of this recognition by Healthgrades.”

For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report, or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit www.Healthgrades.com/quality.

More than 80 people attended Monday’s event, where Congressman Norcross delivered a Congressional Proclamation for Virtua’s Healthgrades Award. Pictured (from left): John Matsinger, DO, EVP and Chief Clinical Officer of Virtua; Donald Norcross, U.S. Congressman; Richard P. Miller, President and CEO of Virtua; Tracy Carlino, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer at Virtua; and Vicki Faas, Senior Director of Quality Solutions at Healthgrades.