Virtua Receives Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award™
05/15/2018 08:35 AM

Virtua announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients. The distinction places Virtua among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades.


During the 2014 to 2016 study period, Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average, less likely to experience a variety of hospital injuries and medical conditions (including accidental perforations, hemorrhage, and pressure sores) than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.


Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals also demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population.


“People expect us to create a safe environment, so when they choose Virtua, they are trusting us to do everything in our power to take the best possible care of them,” said Dennis Pullin, Virtua president and CEO. “An award such as this signals to the South Jersey community that Virtua is the premier choice for their healthcare needs, and that they are in good hands when they come through our doors.”

“We applaud the hospitals who have received the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Their dedication and commitment to providing safe care creates tangible results for patients.”

Safety is a top priority for Virtua, which is why Virtua is excited to have been chosen as one of 10  hospitals in the state to participate in the NJHA High Reliability Collaborative. Employees will be educated on safety behaviors and error-prevention tools to increase patient safety.

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Access the recently released Patient Sentiment Report from Healthgrades and MGMA, which analyzed nearly 7 million online patient reviews and reveals what patients say about their physicians.


As one of New Jersey’s largest, non-profit health systems, Virtua provides comprehensive health care services to achieve its mission to help people be well, get well and stay well. Virtua provides services through Virtua Medical Group with 500 physicians and other clinicians, and at its urgent care centers, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, health and wellness centers, fitness centers, home health services, long-term care and rehabilitation centers, and paramedic program. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers nearly 8,000 babies a year. It provides health services to 1,500 businesses, and participates in Virtua Physician Partners, a clinically integrated network of 1,000 physicians and other clinicians. Virtua is affiliated with Penn Medicine for cancer and neuroscience and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for pediatrics. It employs over 9,000 and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley many times since 2007. It is the recipient of a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for quality of care, and its hospitals earned straight A’s in patient safety by The Leapfrog Group and the 2016 Patient Safety Award from Healthgrades. U.S. News and World Report ranked Virtua’s Mount Holly and Voorhees hospitals as High Performing Hospitals and Voorhees as a Best Regional Hospital. Virtua is also the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit or
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