DMC Sinai-Grace ranks among nation’s safest hospitals

As another year comes to a close and we look back on all the many successes we’ve shared over the past 12 months, it fills my heart with pride to learn that Sinai-Grace has been recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the nation with regard to patient care…

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital ranks among the nation’s safest hospitals, according to The SafeCare Group, having recently made its list of 100 SafeCare Hospitals.

The selection process involves a comprehensive analysis of U.S. government data from more than 4,500 acute care organizations. The SafeCare Group, operating out of Lexington, Ky., selected the top hospitals based on more than 30 key measures covering the triple aims of excellence in healthcare: quality, patient safety and efficiency of care.
Hospitals included among the 100 SafeCare Hospitals had the lowest risk-adjusted rates of complications in medical and surgical care, lowest rates of in-hospital infections, lowest rates of surgical infections, lowest risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates, lowest readmission rates, lowest overutilization of radiation tests, highest care processes, and highest patient satisfaction scores.
Only the top-ranked hospitals in the United States made the 100 SafeCare Hospitals list. Hospitals do not apply for this award and the 100 hospitals included on the list do not pay to market this honor. Of all U.S. hospitals attained the 100 SafeCare level, more than 100,000 deaths and 400,000 preventable complications would have been prevented, according to SafeCare.
The SafeCare Group aims to contribute to the improvement of healthcare through innovative and analytical software tools that help hospitals provide safer care at lower costs, as well as meet regulatory requirements.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital is a full-service hospital with 404 licensed beds and more than 700 physicians, 700 nurses, and 1,700 support staff. Services and capabilities include cardiology, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, urological services, psychiatry, radiation oncology, gerontology, physical medicine, and orthopedic surgery.

Servicing more than 214,000 patients annually, Sinai-Grace also operates 25 ambulatory sites and surgery centers, including the Lahser and Berry Surgery Centers. Sinai-Grace serves as a teaching facility to more than 200 medical students each year, and is one of eight hospitals operated by the Detroit Medical Center. The DMC is proud to be the official health care services provider for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and Detroit Pistons.

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FDA advice on chemical in fries, chips and coffee

A recent Detroit Free Press article examines the FDA’s advice for reducing acrylamide, a chemical “produced when fries turn crispy and toast turns brown,’ that is present in fries, chips and coffee.

Crispy French fries and crunchy potato chips were never health foods, what with all the calories, fat and salt. But consumers just got a reminder that there’s one more thing to worry about when they indulge in such foods: a chemical called acrylamide that might cause cancer.

In light of new research on rodents about a possible cancer link, the FDA is now recommending that potato growers to ” favor low-sugar varieties that produce less acrylamide and urging processors to decrease frying temperatures, tweak ingredients and avoid certain storage practices.” For now, acrylamide looks like it can be added to the ever growing list of health risks associated with eating fries…

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The Dangers of Drinking Soda

1398714_10151964881904378_396548395_oA timely article from NBC News Health talks about the dangers of drinking soda if you are a woman. Women who drink the most sweet soft drinks have an increased risk of cancer, a study claims.

One 20-ounce bottle of regular pop can have between 10 and 17 teaspoons of sugar and up to 290 calories. Over the course of a year, an average adult can consume the equivalent of 30 pounds of added weight by simply drinking one regular pop per day. This new study suggests that the risks of drinking soda go far beyond added weight.

“Women who drank the most sweet soft drinks had a 78 percent increased risk of the cancer, researchers found.”

Read the article “Step away from that soda: Sugary drinks raise cancer risk for women, study finds” by clicking HERE.

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