Baton Rouge General Named one of Nation’s Safest Hospitals

Baton Rouge General (BRG) received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, placing BRG in the top 10 percent of hospitals across the country for patient safety. BRG was the only hospital in Baton Rouge, and just one of nine in Louisiana, to receive the designation.

Across the nation, 485 hospitals earned the award, including BRG’s Mid City and Bluebonnet campuses. The distinction places this elite group of hospitals within the top 10 percent of all hospitals evaluated for their performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. 

“Preserving and restoring health for our patients means a constant drive toward perfection and zero harm,” said BRG President and CEO Edgardo Tenreiro. “This recognition is a testament to the teamwork of our physicians, nurses, clinicians, and WorkExcellence department.”

Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients were determined by evaluating the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 13 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  On average, 126,342 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals performed similarly to those recognized. 
Four types of events make up nearly 75 percent of all patient safety events reported by hospitals-- accidental cut, puncture, or hemorrhage; collapsed lung; infections; and bed sores. 

BRG was also named #1 in Greater Baton Rouge for Overall Medical Care by CareChex for 2015, 2016, and 2017; was named in the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for Overall Medical Care by CareChex in 2017; and received the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades in 2016.