McMinnville,TN (May 19, 2015) – River Park Hospital announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. The distinction places River Park Hospital among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

On average, 133,896 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2011 from 2013, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

In addition, during this study period, patients treated in hospitals receiving Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 43.9% less likely to experience an accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 53.6% 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.
  • 47.4% less likely to experience catheter-related blood stream infections, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.
  • 43.8% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals.[1]

Tim McGill, CEO

This is a significant accomplishment by the employees and physicians of River Park, according to Tim McGill, CEO. It reflects dedication and passion to the goal of achieving patient safety throughout our hospital.

“We commend all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer of Healthgrades. “This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications.”

During the study period (2011-2013), Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals performed with excellence in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Daily safety huddles, hourly rounding, and monitoring/tracking safety metrics daily are a few of the many tactics River Park utilizes that have contributed to the hospital’s patient safety achievements.

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About River Park Hospital

River Park Hospital is a 125-licensed bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission. River Park Hospital serves over 115,000 residents in an eight-county region, which include Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Grundy, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren and White counties. The original hospital was built in 1970, but in October 1996, River Park completed a new facility that increased in size to 200,000 square feet on 14.2 acres. The new hospital was designed to accommodate the community’s needs as well as ever changing medical technologies.

River Park Hospital offers many of the same services that larger metropolitan area facilities provide. Some of the services include: Same Day Surgery, Lithotripsy, Laser Surgery, a Rehabilitation Unit, Sports Medicine, Life-Flight Access, Labor and Delivery Suites, Inpatient Dialysis, Cardiac Services, Neurology, and more. RPH leads the way in advanced diagnostic and treatment services with highly qualified radiologists and technologists providing MRI, Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, and a Bone Densitometer Screening device. Middle Tennessee Surgical Care, a physician-developed, free-standing ambulatory surgery center is also a part of the RPH family.

RPH is a part of the Capella-Saint Thomas system of hospitals, a joint venture between Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health, along with sister hospitals Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville, and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. The hospital is one of the region’s largest employers and tax payers. For more information, visit the hospital’s website at

About Capella Healthcare and Saint Thomas Health

Capella Healthcare partners with communities to build strong local healthcare systems that are known for quality patient care and exceptional service. Based in Franklin, Tenn., Capella owns and/or operates 13 acute care and specialty hospital facilities in six states. For more information, visit

Saint Thomas Health is a family of Middle Tennessee hospitals united by a single mission: to provide spiritually centered, holistic care that sustains and improves the health of the communities served. Saint Thomas Health is the leading faith-based health care system in Tennessee and is a part of Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in the United States. For more information, visit

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which includes application of AHRQ QI software (Version 4.6A) to MedPAR data for years 2011 through 2013 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.