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HealthGrades Names St. Francis One of America's Best Hospital for Orthopedic Surgery

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for 2 years in a row according to Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

Healthgrades also released today new research conducted by Harris Interactive that underscores the importance of educating consumers on the importance of clinical outcomes. According to the research, consumers said a hospital's location is virtually as important to them as its mortality rate, at 83% and 87% important/very important, respectively. Healthgrades bases its objective hospital quality measures solely on clinical performance and updates them annually, free to the public. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available at www.healthgrades.com.

2013 HealthGrades Rankings for Orthopedic Services at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System include:

America's Best 100 Hospitals

  • One of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Orthopedic

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
  • Ranked #1 in SC for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Ranked #5 in SC for Joint Replacement in 2013
  • Ranked Among the Top 10 in SC for Overall Orthopedic Services for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 1 in 2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in SC for Joint Replacement for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013) (Ranked 5 in 2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 11 Years in a Row (2003-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) in 2013

“It is particularly gratifying to receive this outstanding recognition from America’s leading provider of health information for consumers,” said Mark Nantz, CEO, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. “This achievement is the direct result of our physicians and staff members working together to fulfill our Mission to be ‘Good Help’ to those in need, by providing outstanding patient care and ensuring the best possible patient outcomes.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

“Bon Secours St. Francis is continuously maintaining a strong focus on clinical transformation,” said Bill Munley, Bon Secours St. Francis VP of Orthopedic Services. “These ratings are evidence that our innovative programs such as our Geriatric Fracture Center and Joint Camp are truly national ‘models of best practice’ that not only succeed in improving patient outcomes but also in reducing costs.”

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

 

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