Jose Marina, D.O., examines the knee of patient Pedro Cantu during a consultation.
For the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012), Mission Regional Medical Center
has been recognized with a
5-star rating for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement by
HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information
and hospital quality outcomes.
According to the report, patients in the area are increasingly seeking
such quality information online, with nearly 90,000 patient visits to
HealthGrades.com in the past year. And for good reason: Choosing a hospital
can be a life or death decision. The HealthGrades report found that patients
treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality
and a 63% lower risk of complications.
“This reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff at all levels
of the organization at Mission Regional Medical Center, as well as the
skill and quality of our medical staff,” said Javier Iruegas, CEO,
Mission Regional Medical Center. “Ensuring successful outcomes is
how we earn the trust of our patients. This gives our patients the assurance
that, at Mission Regional, they’re going to get the best possible
“As an orthopedic surgeon, these ratings affirm the quality of care
we provide to patients day in and day out,” said
Jose Marina, DO. “But more importantly, it helps people who need orthopedic care
make more informed decisions about where to get their care,” added Marina.
This year, Mission Regional Medical Center established
The Joint Replacement Institute for individuals undergoing
Total Hip Replacement or
Total Knee Replacement surgery. The Joint Institute prepares patients for surgery in all aspects,
physically and mentally, to ensure optimal outcomes after surgery and
to promote a speedier recovery.
“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing
a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades Chief Executive
Officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for
empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access
to actionable quality measures. We commend Mission Regional for its superior
quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Rio Grande
Other key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and
Hospital Quality in America report include:
- Patients, on average, had a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital
compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in
a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
- Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications
than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing
an in-hospital complication than the national average.