Anchorage, AK — Alaska Regional Hospital announced today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. It’s the second consecutive year that the Anchorage hospital received the distinction, which places Alaska Regional among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting patients and providers.

"We’re always proud when trusted organizations like Healthgrades recognize the care and commitment our colleagues display every day," said Ashlyn Hall, chief nursing officer at Alaska Regional Hospital. “This award is especially gratifying because it represents the passion our caregivers and support teams have for protecting the people who trust us with their care.”

Alaska Regional Hospital was the only hospital to receive the Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2023.

Healthgrades’ analysis revealed that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:

  • 61.4% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 52.7% less likely to experience a collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 66.1% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at non-recipient hospitals*
  • 67.3% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals*

Alaska Regional Hospital says that clinicians and staff work together to promote patient safety. New lifts and monitors have been installed to prevent falls and pressure sores, and state-of-the-art surgical equipment helps minimize the risk of hospital-acquired infections and other complications. Alaska Regional Hospital also benefits from the expertise and best practices of parent health network HCA Healthcare when it comes to detecting and preventing sepsis, protecting new mothers and their babies, and more.

When it comes to choosing healthcare, quality saves lives, which is why Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals — with data insights not available anywhere else. To that end, it's important for consumers to know that if all hospitals, as a group, performed similarly to the 2023 Patient Safety Award recipients, on average, 95,880 patient safety events could have been avoided.* 

“Through our 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Alaska Regional Hospital as a 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a top priority.”

Consumers can visit for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are calculated from Healthgrades Patient Safety Ratings and Excellence Award methodology which is based primarily on AHRQ technical specifications (Version 2022.0.1) for MedPAR data years 2019 through 2021 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.