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Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety


Santa Rosa, CA- April 15, 2016 – Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Sonoma County to receive the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. This evidence-based designation is the only patient safety award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

“We are incredibly proud to receive this award which recognizes all of the hard work our clinicians put into caring for our patients,” said Maureen Disbot, Northern California region vice president of quality and safety. “Patient safety is our top priority. Our clinicians execute numerous safety procedures before, during and after medical treatment in order to ensure our patients are as safe as possible; allowing them to return to their everyday lives.”

The list of over 472 award winners, including Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, represents hospitals that have exceptional performance in limiting a wide range of hospital- associated infections and complications from surgery and medical treatment.

“Throughout the past year our hospital has seen a substantial decrease in hospital-associated infections,” added Disbot. “Our medical staff follows evidence-based best practices to protect our patients’ from attracting infections or suffering other complications while in our care.”
Hospitals that have earned this award have had a low incidence of problems arising from surgical errors and infections. The hospitals that report their frequency to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are ranked for each of the following eleven measures:

  1. Deaths among patients with serious treatable complications after surgery,
  2. Collapsed lung due to medical treatment,
  3. Serious blood clots after surgery,
  4. A wound that splits open after surgery on the abdomen or pelvis,
  5. Accidental cuts and tears from medical treatment,
  6. Serious complications,
  7. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI),
  8. Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI),
  9. Surgical Site Infection from colon surgery (SSI: Colon),
  10. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) blood laboratory-identified events (bloodstream infections), and
  11. 11. Clostridium difficile (C.diff.) laboratory-identified events (intestinal infections).

The Women’s Choice Award (WCA) averages the rankings for all the above measures (weighted slightly toward surgical errors as a result of the WCA’s women’s survey) and awards only those hospitals that average in the top half nationally.

“We honor Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for being named and recognized as a hospital of choice among women, for it represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s healthcare marketplace when considering that women account for 90% of all healthcare decisions. Improving patient safety is not only a matter of error prevention, it’s a focused effort to create the safest patient experience,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

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