St. Joseph Regional Health Center Receives Awards

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization, has
just named St. Joseph Regional Health Center #1 in the state of Texas for overall orthopedic services, which includes joint replacement and spine surgery. SJRHC also ranks among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide in orthopedic services. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were included in this annual study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

American households now spend more on health care than private business does. In fact, American households are now the second largest payer of health care services, second only to the federal
government. Because of this new reality, patients have become savvy consumers who depend on complex quality information to make health care choices.

Along with the Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, and Spine Surgery Excellence Awards, St. Joseph Regional Health Center also received the following accolades:
 Ranked 1st in Texas for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2011
 Ranked 5th in Texas for Spine Surgery in 2011
 Ranked 6th in Texas for Joint Replacement in 2011
 Ranked 7th in Texas for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2011
 5-star rated in Carotid Surgery and Appendectomy

“This is another milestone in our commitment to provide exceptional care to the Brazos Valley communities,” said Tony Pfitzer, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health System.

“Being named the top orthopedic hospital in the state puts us in the position of having people travel to our community because they are looking for great outcomes in joint replacement and spine surgery. It provides outside confirmation that St. Joseph is a leading medical center in the state.”

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study is the largest report of its kind. It analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period. HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Important 2011 Findings:
 An 80% lower chance of complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated
 Across all procedures studied, a 63% lower chance of experiencing one or more in-hospital
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, 185,875 in-hospital complications
may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.
 St. Joseph Regional Health Center Received 5-Star Ratings in the following areas:
o Overall Orthopedic Services
o Joint Replacement (4 years in a row 2008-2011)
o Total Knee Replacement (6 years in a row 2006-2011)
o Total Hip Replacement
o Hip Fracture Repair
o Back & Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) (6 years in a row 2006-2011)
o Back & Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) (3 years in a row 2009-2011)
o Coronary Interventional Procedures (3 years in a row 2009-2011)
o Carotid Surgery (5 years in a row 2007-2011)
o Appendectomy

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings
HealthGrades independently rates hospitals based on data hospitals submit to the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No
hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.
For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality
and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or
complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star
rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or
complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk
profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for
equal comparisons.
More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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