Kenmore Mercy Rated Best in Buffalo in Joint Replacement

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October 14, 2008

Kenmore Mercy Hospital announced today that it has been recognized as the best rated hospital in the Buffalo area and among the top ten percent of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement for the third year in a row (2007 - 2009) by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. In addition, Kenmore Mercy Hospital received several other HealthGrades accolades:

- Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)
- Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)
- Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)
- Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)

“These awards are a great testament to the expert care and compassion that our Orthopedic Services physicians, nurses, therapists and support personnel provide to our patients and truly speak to the tradition of quality at Kenmore Mercy Hospital,” said Mary Hoffman, Kenmore Mercy President & CEO.

In developing its 2009 healthcare quality ratings, released today, HealthGrades analyzed more than 41 million Medicare patient records from 2005 to 2007 at approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals across the county.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades uses extensive risk-adjustment formulas to ensure that it is making accurate comparisons.

The comprehensive independent analysis of hospital quality found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals for nine common procedures are 47 percent less likely to experience a major complication, such as post-operative infections or heart conditions, which can lengthen their hospital stay and increase costs. According to the study, if all Medicare patients had been treated at top-performing hospitals, like Kenmore Mercy, compared to the lowest-performing hospitals during 2005-2007, more than 123,000 major complications potentially could have been avoided.

“Our top priorities are patient safety and clinical quality,” said Marcus Romanowski, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. “The fact that we have stood out for providing the best orthopedic care in the area and for performing among the best in the country for three years running speaks volumes about Kenmore Mercy.”

Kenmore Mercy opened its Knee & Hip Center in 2004, specializing in total knee, partial knee and total hip replacement surgery. Noted for its dedicated focus and innovative techniques, the Knee & Hip Center integrates a wide range of health care disciplines and surgical advances with individualized care, education and support. Through a special combination of pre and post surgical education, centralized inpatient care and rehabilitation, and post hospital care if necessary, Kenmore Mercy’s Knee & Hip Center helps patients from throughout the region – and the country – achieve optimal results.

The 2009 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s Web site, located at