LewisGale Medical Center Receives Six National Awards for Excellence

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May 22, 2018

LewisGale Medical Center has received six national awards for excellence through Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive physician and hospital information. As the recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, the hospital has prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. This distinction places LewisGale Medical Center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance 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).

LewisGale Medical Center was able to receive the recognition by focusing on the following:

Finding ways to measurably improve patient safety

  • Demonstrating better-than-expected clinical outcomes
  • Leading in the prevention of patient safety events
  • Continuously monitoring trends in what patients find important
  • Delivering superior patient care experiences during hospital stays
  • Outperforming peers based on patient feedback

“This is a significant accomplishment as LewisGale Medical Center received six performance awards through Healthgrades. We are extremely proud to be among the top hospitals for patient safety. These awards further validate the commitment on behalf of our team of physicians, nurses and caregivers to providing exceptional care for our patients,” Brian Baumgardner, President of LewisGale Regional Health System said.   

In addition to the patient safety award, LewisGale Medical Center was also noted as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, was the recipient of the Healthgrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award and was ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for Spine Surgery.

The Salem, Virginia, hospital was also recognized as a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of a Heart Attack. Patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality. They also find that patients experience fewer complications when compared to hospitals with lower rankings.

About LewisGale Medical Center
LewisGale Medical Center is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System, which includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers, 1 freestanding ER and affiliations with both employed and independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $245.6 million. The system also paid $31 million in taxes and provided more than $125 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2014 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information, visit www.lewisgale.com.