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Mission Regional Medical Center Achieves National Quality Award for Knee Replacement Services

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3 people holding awardMission Regional Medical Center recently announced that it has received a national award for the quality of its Orthopedic Care by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. The award places the hospital among the top ten percent in the nation for joint replacement (total knee) surgeries.

Other notable HealthGrades recognitions and awards for the hospital based on this study include:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement

“When people need healthcare, they want to know that they will receive quality care. This HealthGrades recognition reaffirms that our patients receive outstanding care at Mission Regional Medical Center," said Javier Iruegas, CEO of Mission Regional Medical Center. "We are very proud of the physicians, nurses, technicians, and all the many employees who work diligently to provide quality care every day, and who made this recognition possible."

As part of the nation’s most comprehensive, independent analysis of hospital quality, HealthGrades found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals for nine common procedures are 47 percent less likely to experience a major complication, such as post-operative infections, which can lengthen their hospital stay and increase costs. According to the study, if all Medicare patients had been treated at a top-performing hospital compared to the lowest-performing hospitals during 2005-07, more than 123,000 major complications potentially could have been avoided.

“People in the Rio Grande Valley continue to ask for more and better information to help them in their health care decision making," said Jose Marina, D.O., Orthopedic Surgeon. The HealthGrades analysis provides an apples-to-apples comparison of hospital performance by procedure, and it is evident there is significant variance between individual hospitals. As physicians, our patients come first, and to be recognized among the nation's best orthopedic services reflects the efforts of everybody in the organization, and should be very comforting to area residents."

In developing its 2009 healthcare quality ratings, released today, HealthGrades analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nation’s approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patients’ risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making fair and analogous comparisons.