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ACMC named one of America's 100 Top Hospitals in Healthcare Quality

Hospital news | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Contact: John Broom

Ashtabula County Medical Center ranks among the safest hospitals in the nation. It ranks 31st on the newly released 2014-2015 100 SafeCare Hospitals® list compiled by The SafeCare Group. The list ranks the best overall performance among 3,500 acute care, nonfederal hospitals. This distinction uniquely identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust, evidence-based criteria of the Affordable Care Act.

"This is a great honor to be named among the top 100 – the top 50, in fact – hospitals in the country by The SafeCare Group," said ACMC Healthcare System President & CEO Michael Habowski. "It confirms what we’ve known for a long time: You don’t have to leave the county for great healthcare. The SafeCare Group ranked ACMC 31st in the nation after reviewing publicly available data on patient safety, as well as patient satisfaction. This should reassure our patients and their families that ACMC is the hospital to choose in Ashtabula County."

If all U.S. hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® level, more than 400,000 hospital deaths and close to 5.1 million preventable complications would have been prevented.

The SafeCare Group analyzed hospitals for the overall lowest risk-standardized 30-Day Mortality rates, lowest 30-Day Readmissions, lowest Complication Rates in Medical and Surgical Care, lowest in-hospital Medical and Surgical Infections, highest Medical and Surgical Processes of Care measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Surgical Care, and highest Patient Satisfaction scores. Only the 100 hospitals with the highest scores made the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® list.

"We believe that a listing of outstanding hospitals in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) would promote strong market incentives to improve care, treatments, and services," says Dr. Yisrael Safeek, MD, MBA, Founder and Chairman of The SafeCare Group®.

About Ashtabula County Medical Center

ACMC is a part of the ACMC Healthcare System. It has been named a Top Workplace for four consecutive years, was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Pneumonia and Surgical Care by The Joint Commission, and received an A rating from the Leapfrog Group.

About 100 SafeCare Hospitals®

To produce a meaningful ranking of US hospitals, The SafeCare Group® looked to the Affordable Care Act for guidance of an evidence-based framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® rankings. The distinguished medical and legal experts who designed, developed, and implemented the Affordable Care Act believed that a listing of outperforming hospitals in the areas of Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP), Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), and Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program (HACRP) would promote strong incentives to improve care. The SafeCare Group adopted this framework for the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® methodology and created three criteria domains – "Processes of Care," "Outcomes of Care," and "Efficacy of Care." As a result, the 100 SafeCare Hospitals® utilized a methodology that is firmly rooted and grounded on nationally recognized, evidence-based metrics and data.

About the SafeCare Group

The SafeCare Group® ( was founded in 2010 to help hospitals excel in the areas of Patient Safety, Quality, and Efficiency through best-in-class PQE software, high quality people, and value-added services. The SafeCare Group created and published the CAUTI Bundle (used internationally), and the "I AM FOR SAFETY" 12-point Surgical Checklist as required by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid, as well as several checklists to avoid hospital falls and decubitus ulcers.

The SafeCare Group suite of software help hospitals improve HVBP, HRRP, and HACRP, and keep hospitals compliant with regulatory standards. The SafeCare Group published its first 100 SafeCare Hospitals® listing with the 2013 100 SafeCare Hospitals® to recognize hospitals that excel in evidence based areas that are required under the Affordable Care Act.