Memorial Health Earns National Patient Safety Award

(May 12, 2009) - For the second year in a row, Memorial Health received the Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Receiving the award for two straight years places Memorial in an elite group of only 160 hospitals nationwide. According to HealthGrades, Memorial ranks among the top 5 percent nationally for patient safety. Memorial is the only Savannah-area hospital to earn the recognition. "Patient safety is a top priority at Memorial. We are proud that we can offer our patients one of the safest hospitals in the nation," said Marty Scott, M.D., MBA vice president for quality and patient safety at Memorial. To determine the award recipients, HealthGrades analyzed patient safety among Medicare patients in all of the nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals in the United States. For a complete explanation of the methodology, visit In addition to receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award, Memorial Health also received the following designation from HealthGrades: - Best rated in the Savannah area for overall cardiac services, spine surgery, treatment of stroke, overall pulmonary services, and overall critical care services. - Five-star rated for treatment of heart failure, six years in a row. - Five-star rated for back and neck surgery (spinal fusion), two years in a row. - Five-star rated for treatment of stroke. -Five-star rated for treatment of pneumonia, seven years in a row. - Ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall pulmonary services, three years in a row. - Five-star rated for treatment of gastrointestinal bleed, five years in a row. Learn more about our patient outcomes. HealthGrades, Inc. is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles ad cost information on the nation's hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, and prescription drugs. Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center.