Overlake Hospital among top five percent in nation for patient safety

Facility gets award for two consecutive year

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is one of the recipients of the 2009 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. The top five percent of all hospitals in the U.S., 242 hospitals, were recognized with the award in a report issued by the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

If all hospitals performed at the level of Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals, approximately 211,697 patient safety events and 22,771 Medicare deaths could have been avoided while saving the U.S. approximately $2 billion from 2005 through 2007.

“It’s kind of like getting an Oscar in our industry,” said Craig Hendrickson, president and CEO of Overlake Hospital Medical Center. “HealthGrades looks at 40 to 50 million hospital records and compares safety standards, processes and outcomes at 5,000 U.S. hospitals. We’re listed as among the best for overall patient safety.”

HealthGrades’ individual hospital ratings can be viewed for free at HealthGrades.com.