DCHS earns high Healthgrades

DICKINSON COUNTY HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS officials with their Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Awards. From left are Cheryl Vader, nurse practitioner; Dr. Kenneth Friar, SFHM; and Dr. John Schon, administrator and CEO.

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System was recognized Tuesday as a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award for a fourth consecutive year.

The designation recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays, according to the Denver-based independent health care ratings organization.

Healthgrades also presented DCHS with its Critical Care Excellence Award, which places DCHS among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation,

The organization cited DCHS with a Pulmonary Care Excellence Award as well, for the third year in a row.

In addition, DCHS has been rated a Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for nine years in a row, 2010 to 2018; Treatment of Heart Failure for three years in a row, 2016 to 2018; Treatment of Pneumonia for four years in a row, 2015 to 2018; and Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2018.

“Hospitals who have been recognized as Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients have minimized patient safety events and surpassed expectations in preventing safety incidents,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, Healthgrades chief medical officer. “We applaud these hospitals for their performance and for their organizational commitment to delivering high-quality care.”

DCHS Administrator and CEO John Schon said of the Healthgrades awards, “They are an acknowledgement of our team effort to provide the safest health care possible. … We are proud to be here for our community every season, every day, every time.”

The complete Healthgrades “2018 Report to the Nation” and study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Since 1952, Dickinson County Healthcare System has been treating people in the central Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. DCHS employs 90 active physicians and more than 850 staff that each year treat more than 200,000 patients.

Bellin Health Systems, a Wisconsin non-profit corporation based in Green Bay, Wis., announced plans in December to acquire DCHS by summer. An asset purchase agreement has been approved by both parties and July 1 has been targeted as a closing date for the sale.