Kenmore Mercy Hospital Receives National Quality Award for Orthopedic Care

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December 11, 2009

Joint replacement surgeries are on the rise in the United States each year. Fortunately for Western New York, joint replacement at Kenmore Mercy Hospital has been ranked in the top 10% in the nation for the fourth consecutive year in a new study released recently by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization.

The hospital was recognized on Wednesday, October 28, during which the Orthopedic Surgery Department was presented with the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award, recognizing superior clinical excellence in knee and hip replacement surgery.

For the 2010 HealthGrades cycle, Kenmore Mercy is also a recipient of:

  • The Joint Replacement Excellence Award;™ Kenmore Mercy ranked fifth in the state of New York
  • 5-Star ratings for both total knee and total hip replacement

According to a recent article in Renaissance Orthopedics, it is predicted that by the year 2030, the number of knee replacements will exceed 3.48 million and hip replacements will exceed 572,100 throughout the United States.

According to Marcus Romanowski, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, “With changes in modern medicine, joint replacement surgery has become more effective and more available in the case of treating damaged joints.” He added, “With the continuous rise in joint replacement surgeries in the United States, Kenmore Mercy’s track record makes it a good choice for patients with knee and hip concerns.”

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Among the findings related to inhospital complications in this year’s study are:

  • Across all procedures in which complications were studied, there was a 79.69% lower chance of experiencing one or more inhospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.
  • Across all procedures studied, there was a 61.22% lower chance of experiencing one or more inhospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital, 110,687 orthopedic inhospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.

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 new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings are posted at the HealthGrades’ website.