The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study released today ranks Orthopedic Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital in the top 5% in the nation. HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent hospital quality ratings organization, evaluates patient outcomes for 5,000 hospitals. This research is the only comprehensive analysis based solely on patient mortality and complication rates.
The study ranked Cabell Huntington Hospital number one in the state of West Virginia and the Huntington/Ashland Tri-State Area for Overall Orthopedics Services and Joint Replacement for 2011. Due to its outstanding patient outcomes in the clinical area mentioned above, Cabell Huntington received the following awards:
The study also showed that Cabell Huntington Hospital was one of only twelve hospitals in the nation to receive five-star quality ratings in each of the following four areas in 2011:
Additionally, Cabell Huntington Hospital has received HealthGrades five-star quality ratings for Joint Replacement in each of the last four years.
"What's important for health care consumers to realize about these awards and ratings is that they are based on objective data about patient outcomes and complication rates," said Ali Oliashirazi, MD, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and Surgical Director of the Mary H. Hodges Joint Replacement Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital. "When it's time to have a hip or knee replacement or when you need any other kind of orthopedic surgical procedure, you want it done right.
"Patients look at this data to help them make decisions about where to go for their surgery," said Dr. Oliashirazi. "And I think that's why patients come to us from many different states. They're willing to travel far – very far – to get the best outcomes."
The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. The findings related to in-hospital complications in this year's study show:
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.
For 26 procedures and 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.