Oroville Hospital gets high marks

Hospital earns Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Oroville Hospital has been recognized for its safety practices aimed at protecting patients from serious preventable complications.

Healthgrades, an online resource that helps patients evaluate and compare hospitals and physicians, awarded Oroville Hospital a Patient Safety Excellence Award, placing it in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for patient safety, according to an Oroville Hospital press release.

Patients treated in hospitals ranked in the top 10 percent are 81 percent less likely to experience a hip fracture following surgery (compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 10 percent) and 80 percent less likely to develop pressure or bed sores during their stay (compared to hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent).

Oroville Hospital’s president and CEO, Robert Wentz, credited the recognition to the hospital’s dedicated patient-safety director, Dr. Matthew Fine, who “has been a pioneer in this effort.”