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Sampson Regional Medical Center receives recognition for patient safety

By Staff Report, posted Aug 3, 2022 on

SampsonRMC has received the award for the third year in a row. 

Sampson Regional Medical Center has been recognized by online medical resource Healthgrades as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient. 

This recognition places SampsonRMC in the top 10 percent of all short term acute care hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades. 

“This is a real honor for us, especially being recognized three years in a row. We take great pride to be among the nation’s hospitals earning this distinction. We work hard every day to deliver safe and quality care to our patients, and this award reflects that commitment,” said Dr. Shawn Howerton, chief executive and medical officer for Sampson Regional Medical Center. “This level of quality care is possible because of our providers, leadership, and staff who make continuous improvement a priority.  We value our team and their commitment to keep patients safe in our hospital,” stated Dr. Howerton in a press release.

After a study period that lasted between 2018 through 2020, Healthgrades graded hospitals across the U.S. based on found four main patient safety indicators that accounted for 74 percent of all patient safety events. These include: hip fractures 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.

Hospitals awarded the Patient Safety Excellence Award were found to have less patient risk in those four areas when compared to non recipient hospitals. 

“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 with Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Sampson Regional Medical Center as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”

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