Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center among top 5% nationally for patient safety

El Paso, TX — Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare announced today that Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center have been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center among the top 5% of approximately 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

“We are proud to have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades for the fifth consecutive year,” Don Karl, chief executive officer of Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “The staff and employees at Las Palmas Medical Center are dedicated to providing the highest quality of service, and this award is a reflection of our team’s commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients.”

“Providing safe, high-quality care to every patient every day has long been our mission,” Art Garza, chief executive officer of Del Sol Medical Center, said. “This recognition would not be possible without the extraordinary efforts of our doctors, nurses and staff. We applaud them for their commitment to excellence and all they do to provide exceptional care to our patients.”

During the 2019-2021 study period, 164,592 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in the hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in-hospital. Healthgrades’ analysis also revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 4% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 7% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 1% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 3% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*

Additionally, if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the 2023 Patient Safety Award recipients, on average, 95,880 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

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