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Knapp Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

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Knapp Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

Weslaco hospital in the top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety

Weslaco, Texas – May 29, 2019 – Knapp Medical Center announced today that it is a recipient of the “Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award™”. This distinction places Knapp Medical Center among the top 5% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data, as evaluated by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.Knapp Medical Center building

The recognition from Healthgrades, of Madison, Wisconsin, is the latest achievement for Knapp Medical Center, which serves as the only acute care hospital in the Mid-Valley area, with 227 beds.

Knapp Medical Center is a member of Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems with 45 hospitals in 14 states. Prime Healthcare has more Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients for four consecutive years (2016-2019) than any other health system in the country.

“We are proud to recognize the recipients of the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, which shines a spotlight on the hospitals that are preventing the occurrence
of serious, potentially avoidable complications, for patients during their hospital stay,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “We applaud these hospitals and their commitment to providing the best possible care for every patient.”

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Rene J. Lopez, MD, FACHE, RRT, CEO for Knapp Medical Center, said the hospital’s recognition is a testament to the work of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are dedicated to providing “the highest-quality healthcare to residents of the Mid-Valley – every patient, every timeexcellence award

“Being recognized by Healthgrades is a demonstration of the level of commitment our physicians and employees have in ensuring that our patients receive safe, high-quality, compassionate, and personalized care,” Mr. Lopez added.

“At Knapp Medical Center, we are all committed to patient safety and to creating an exceptional patient experience,” Mr. Lopez added. “And, that includes ensuring we effectively communicate with our patients, ensuring we are responsive to their needs, and ensuring we provide a safe, quiet and clean environment during their stay with us.”

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Patient Safety Excellence Award were, as compared to patients at non-recipients hospitals, on average*:

  • 55.9% less likely to experience an accidental cut, puncture, perforation, or hemorrhage during medical care.
  • 50.9% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest.
  • 64.4% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital.
  • 57% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired at the hospital.

In addition, if all hospitals in the country performed at the level of award recipients for each of the 14 Patient Safety Indicators, 127,667 patient safety events could have been avoided.*

Anna Hinojosa, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer for Knapp, said the recognition helps demonstrate the excellent care that is being provided to patients at Knapp -- and is an important factor for residents to recognize when they weigh their healthcare options.

“Knapp Medical Center’s clinical team works consistently to pursue the highest standards for clinical excellence, and we are extremely proud of this achievement,” Ms. Hinojosa added. “We at Knapp Medical Center remain committed to the pursuit of patient-centered excellence in all that we do.”

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 5e and 2018) to MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

About Knapp Medical Center

Knapp Medical Center is an award-winning, not-for-profit hospital in Weslaco, Texas. With 227 beds, the community hospital specializes in orthopedics, emergency care, interventional radiology, wound care, obstetrics and gynecology, gastroenterology, surgery, and critical care. Knapp is a Level III Trauma Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. The hospital has been providing quality and compassionate healthcare to the Mid-Valley area of South Texas since 1962. More than 200 physicians serve on the hospital’s medical staff. In addition to the hospital, Knapp Medical Center operates a Family Health Center in Mercedes, Texas along with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Knapp Medical Center also participates in health fairs and hosts speakers on various health topics through its “Senior Health Talks” series. For more information, please call 956-968-8567 or visit and

Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco has received an excellence award for patient safety from Healthgrades, a national firm that specializes in information about hospitals. The distinction places Knapp among the top 5% of all hospitals reporting patient safety data, as evaluated by Healthgrades.