“5” is a Lucky Number for Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Knee & Hip Center in 2011

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November 12, 2010

For the fifth consecutive year (2007 - 2011), Kenmore Mercy Hospital, part of Catholic Health, has achieved a five-star rating for joint replacement, total knee replacement, and total hip replacement by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company.

In addition, Kenmore Mercy’s Joint Replacement Program was ranked #5 in New York State and in the top five percent in the nation in 2011. Kenmore Mercy remains the only hospital in the Buffalo area to achieve this level of ranking.

And Kenmore Mercy received HealthGrades’ Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for the fifth year in a row (2007 - 2011).

“This award reflects Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s ongoing commitment to keep patient safety and clinical quality at the forefront of our work,” said James Millard, Kenmore Mercy Hospital President & CEO. “Kudos to all of our nursing, rehabilitation and medical staff for achieving this outstanding recognition.”

Knee & Hip CenterHealthGrades

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 healthcare 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.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study analyzed objective mortality and complication rates at all of the nation’s 5,000 nonfederal hospitals using 40 million hospitalization records obtained from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The study, the largest of its kind, identified national and state-level trends in hospital care quality and established quality ratings for each hospital, across 26 different procedures and diagnoses, which are now available at the HealthGrades website.

As part of the study, HealthGrades rated individual hospitals with a 1-star, 3-star or 5-star rating in each of 26 procedures and diagnoses, from bypass surgery to total knee replacements. A 1-star rating means that the hospital performed below average, to a statistically significant degree, when compared with the other 5,000 hospitals. A 3-star rating means the hospital's performance was average, and a 5-star rating means the hospital outperformed the national average to a statistically significant degree.

Five-star rated hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality across the three years studied. A typical patient would have a 72.47% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 53.36% lower risk of dying by going to 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.

In addition to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Buffalo received HealthGrades Excellence Awards and five star recognitions for 2010 and 2011. The complete 2011 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s website.