Patient safety high for hospital
by Courtney Warren
Mar 30, 2014 | 5493 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
“Bolivar Medical Center takes the safety of our patients very seriously,” said James Atkins, interim CEO of Bolivar Medical Center, in a press release.

Recently the hospital was given a low safety ranking by “Consumer Reports,” but hospital officials say the numbers used in the article are old and there have been a great deal of changes and new regulations put into effect.

The article published by “Consumer Reports” gave BMC an 11 in safety. The same article ranked Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville only a few slots higher.

“Our focus on patient safety is demonstrated by our participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Healthcare Engagement Network (HEN) Partnership for Patients program since 2012. This program focuses on improving our hospital’s performance in many of the patient safety measures that are included in the rating methodology used by Consumer Reports,” Atkins said.

Atkins continued in the release to say the hospital has been recognized by accrediting organizations as a top performer.

“Bolivar Medical Center has been consistently recognized by The Joint Commission (TJC), which is the gold standard accrediting organization for hospitals, as a top performer in key quality measures for 2010, 2011, and 2012 (NOTE: 2013 TJC data has not been published). The recognition includes top performer status in heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care,” said Atkins.

“It is important to note that the data used by Consumer Reports in their ratings is outdated, obsolete information and does not provide an accurate, up-to-date picture of our hospital’s quality and service performance. The rating data does not reflect significant improvements we have experienced as a result of our participation in the HEN and our sharp focus on improvements in all areas of our hospital,” he said.

“If measured today, our rating would be significantly improved. We are intensely focused on delivering safe, reliable care to our patients and expect to see continued improvement in our quality and patient safety performance,” he said.

Atkins also added that Bolivar Medical Center would begin new renovations in April, which are sure to improve not only the hospitals appearance but also patient stay.