Published on August 10, 2012

Mary Greeley Medical Center Receives 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award

HealthGrades awards for Mary Greeley Medical CenterAmes, IA – Mary Greeley Medical Center has received a 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades, a leading independent provider of comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

Mary Greeley Medical Center is one of only 11 hospitals to receive this distinction in the state of Iowa, and is among the nation’s top five percent for overall patient safety outcomes. Earlier this year, Mary Greeley Medical Center received “best in the state” 5-star ratings in general surgery and gastrointestinal (GI) care from HealthGrades.

“Patient safety is and has been the driving force behind our efforts to consistently provide excellent patient care,” said Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley Medical Center. “Providing a safe, healing environment is a promise we make to all our patients and the people who care about them. This award recognizes the commitment everyone at Mary Greeley has to fulfilling that promise.”

The Patient Safety Excellence Award is based on 13 indicators of patient safety developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recipients represent the top five percent of the approximately 5,000 hospitals on their overall score on these 13 indicators. Many of these indicators concern serious complications following surgery or other procedures that result in death, infection or injury.

HealthGrades is the only health care ratings organization that bases ratings on clinical outcomes alone. The organization rates more than 5,000 non-federal acute care hospitals nationwide and uses millions of volumes of data from a variety of public and private sources, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state records of payer data, state medical board records and publicly available directories. By using a variety of sources, HealthGrades ratings take into account all aspects of a patient’s experience while in the hospital.

All the HealthGrades ratings are available to the public at