Summit Healthcare Achieves Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Summit Healthcare in the top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Show Low, AZ – Summit Healthcare announced today that it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This distinction places Summit Healthcare among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

During the study period (2016 through 2018), Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safeguarding patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes—risk-adjusted patient safety indicator (PSI) rates for 13 PSIs defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). A 14th PSI included in the evaluation is Foreign Objects Left in Body During a Surgery or Procedure which is a “never” event and does not have an expected rate.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award inforgraphicwere, on average*:

  • 48.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the
    chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 54.4% less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 66.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 63% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital, than patients treated at non- recipient hospitals.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 13 patient safety indicators, 110,864 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

“It is an honor to be recognized as a recipient of the 2020 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Summit Healthcare is committed to maintaining a culture of quality and providing exceptional outcomes for our patients, even during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Ron McArthur, CEO, Summit Healthcare.

“Consumers might not know that information around patient safety is readily available and should be considered when researching healthcare options,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer,
Healthgrades. “We commend the recipients of the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award for their dedication to providing excellent care for their patients.”

View Healthgrades hospital quality methodologies.
*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2019.0.1) to MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Summit Healthcare

The largest medical facility in the Show Low area with 101 licensed beds, 195 Physicians and Allied Health Professionals along with 1,500 plus hospital and clinic employees. Summit responds to the health care needs of more than 90,000 permanent and seasonal residents. Summit Healthcare provides general medical and surgical care, with broad services of care that include an Outpatient Surgery Center, Diagnostic Imaging, General and Vascular Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Pain Management, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology, Plastic and Reconstructive, Podiatry, Pulmonology, Heart, Lung, and Vascular, Wound Care Center, along with an onsite Pharmacy and Spa. For more information visit

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