Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - Two Healthgrades National Awards


COVINGTON – The leading online resource to find a doctor or hospital, Healthgrades has once again recognized exceptional performance at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.


Released annually, the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award recognize the elite top two percent of 4,500 evaluated hospitals for achieving both distinctions.


STPH is one of only 77 hospitals to earn both awards for excellent performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications, as well as providing a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay.


“Patient experience and patient safety go hand in hand, and we’re proud to recognize the hospitals that make both a top priority in order to provide patients with the best care possible,” said Brad Bowman, MD., Chief Medical Officer of Healthgrades. “Consumers will in turn be able to use this information to feel confident when making important decisions about where they receive care.”


During the study period (2015-2017), 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 Health Research and Quality (AHRQ).


In addition to being recognized as one of Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients, STPH also out-performed peer hospitals in providing outstanding patient experience. Healthgrades evaluated performance by applying a scoring methodology to nine patient experience measures, using data collected from a 32-question experience survey from the hospital’s own patients. The survey questions focus on patients’ perspectives of their care in the hospital, ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in patient rooms to factors such as provider communication and responsiveness to patients’ needs. The measures also include whether a patient would recommend the hospital to friends or family.


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These latest accolades are in addition to an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from Leapfrog (7th consecutive), Women’s Choice 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and CareChex top 100 for overall hospital care and overall medical care, plus a host of specialty awards for quality, safety and the patient experience. A more comprehensive list is available at




A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health System. Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, the two organizations retain their autonomy; neither partner manages nor owns the other. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding. Learn more at