Norwalk Community Hospital earns award for patient safety

NORWALK – Norwalk Community Hospital is the recipient of the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award for the fifth year in a row (2014-18). 


The medical facility is officially named Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk.
This designation recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays, according to Healthgrades.


The distinction places Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk among the top 5 percent of all acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, a trusted provider of information to millions of U.S. healthcare consumers.


“If you have to go to the hospital, it’s important to choose a hospital that is dedicated to safety, and ours has a proven track record of preventing further illness and injury to its patients,” said Los Angeles Community Hospital at Norwalk CEO Hector Hernandez.


During the 2014-16 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

- 55.6 percent less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation or hemorrhage during medical care, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

-  52.4 percent less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at a non-recipient hospital

- 62,8 percent less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals

-  54.3 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients at non-recipient hospitals


“We are proud to be able to offer the residents of Norwalk safe care that is nationally recognized,” added Keith Levy, hospital administrator.


In addition to the Patient Safety Excellence award, Healthgrades also recognized Norwalk Community Hospital in 2018 with Five Stars for Hip Fracture Treatment, Appendectomy, Esophageal-Stomach Surgeries, Treatment of Bowel Obstruction, Treatment of GI Bleed, Treatment of Pancreatitis, and COPD Treatment.