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By March 10, 2022March 27th, 2024Food for thought
[San Antonio, Texas] – March 15, 2022 – South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital today announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient. This distinction places South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers. South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital is the only hospital in San Antonio to be recognized with this distinction.

“The physicians and staff at South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital are proud to receive this award from Healthgrades. For 20 years, the hospital’s dedication to and investment in clinical quality and patient care, while providing outstanding patient experience is so relevant now. Given COVID-19, the contributions of all hospital staff members in achieving the award show commitment and dedication. The leadership and culture at this facility enable us to achieve our goals and push us to improve daily,” stated Joel Jenne, M.D., Chief of Staff at STSSH.

During the study period (2018 through 2020), 170,231 potentially preventable patient safety events occurred among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals.* Healthgrades found that just four patient safety indicators accounted for 74% of all patient safety events: hip fracture due to an in-hospital fall, collapsed lung resulting from a procedure/surgery, pressure or bed sores acquired in-hospital, and catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in hospital. Healthgrades also found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM were, on average:

  • ●  55.8% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • ●  52.6%lesslikelytoexperienceacollapsedlungresultingfromaprocedureorsurgeryinor around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • ●  66.2% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • ●  65.8% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals

About South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital

Surgery Partners has partnered with local physicians to establish South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital (STSSH). In this partnership, the physicians assist in the management of the hospital, resulting in a hospital solely run for the benefit of the patient. This innovative approach creates an integrated and holistic approach to healthcare. As a nationally recognized center for spine and joint care excellence, STSSH takes pride in providing the highest quality clinical care in a one-on-one, warm and caring environment. STSSH is a BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Blue Distinction® Center+ in spine surgery and Optum® Center of Excellence in the spine and orthopedic surgery. 2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of STSSH. We are committed to a tradition of excellence and a legacy of caring. For additional information, please visit, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or like us on Facebook.

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When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it’s important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the Healthgrades Patient Safety Award Recipients, on average, 100,189 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence AwardTM methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2021.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2018 through 2020 and represents 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.