DCHS recieves Patient Safety Award, 7 other distinctions

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System announced today that it was awarded the 2018 Patient Safety Award for the fourth consecutive year by Healthgrades. This distinction places DCHS among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation.

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades, in a press release. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

DCHS Administrator and CEO John Schon it’s an accomplishment for this small community hospital, with a rural location and difficulty recruiting physicians, to be ranked alongside larger hospitals.

“To be able to recruit a team like we have and achieve the high quality recognitions we’ve received, I think that speaks volumes,” said Schon. “I can’t be prouder of our healthcare system and the community’s support of our healthcare system overall.”

Healthgrades was on site Tuesday morning to also hand out two other awards: the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award and the Critical Care Excellence Award. This is the third year that DCHS has been honored with the Pulmonary Care Award, and the Critical Care Excellence Award ranks DCHS in the top 10 percent for critical care.

DCHS was also awarded a 5 Star Award Recipient for:

  • The Treatment of Heart Attack for 9 years in a row (2010 – 2018)
  • The Treatment of Heart Failure for 3 years in a row (2016 – 2018)
  • The Treatment of Sepsis for 5 years in a row (2014 – 2018)
  • The Treatment of Pneumonia for 4 years in a row ( 2015 – 2018)
  • The Treatment of Respiratory Failure

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