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Two hospitals in Western New York are among 379 facilities across the country to be recognized for patient safety, according to a report released last week.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a member of Catholic Health System, and Olean General Hospital, a member of Upper Allegheny Health System, are among 10 hospitals in the state to receive 2013 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Awards, which recognize excellence in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stays. Award winners rank in the top 10 percent in the country for patient safety, the report states.

Both hospitals also are among 262 facilities that are within the top 5 percent for patient safety.

There were 4,729 hospitals examined nationwide.

This is the second year in a row that Kenmore Mercy Hospital has received the award.

“Every member of Kenmore Mercy’s health care team, regardless of their role or responsibility, has maintained a strong focus on patient safety,” said John Kane, Catholic Health System’s vice president of quality and patient safety.

“Patient safety has always been our top priority,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer of the hospital and the health system.

Based in Denver, HealthGrades is an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. More information on the awards and the ratings methodology can be found at Healthgrades.com.

Compared with hospitals ranked in the bottom 5 percent in the nation, HealthGrades reports that patients treated in Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals are 81 percent less likely to experience hip fracture following surgery; 80 percent less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital; and 70 percent less likely to experience a catheter-related bloodstream infection in the hospital.

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