East Orange General Hospital Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM

East Orange General Hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

East Orange, NJ – East Orange General Hospital announced that it has received the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. For the second year in a row, this distinction places East Orange General Hospital among the top 5% 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.

“We are honored to receivethis recognition,” said Paige Dworak, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, East Orange General Hospital. “Our healthcare team is dedicated to delivering high-quality, compassionate and individualized care in a safe healing environment.”

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% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% 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 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.”

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.

*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.

About East Orange General Hospital

For more than 100 years, East Orange General Hospital (EOGH) has served its community upholding its roots and mission to improve the health of those it serves by providing high-quality, efficient, safe and accessible health care services with the utmost respect and compassion.

A fully accredited award-winning hospital, EOGH houses several centers of excellence including the Women’s Health Center, Weight Loss and Metabolic Wellness Center and the Wound Care Center. The hospital is also a recognized leader inemergency services, hemodialysis and behavioral health services. For a full listing of programs and services, visit www.EOGH.org.


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