Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital is ranked #1 in New York and a recipient of the America's Best 100 Hospitals for both Overall Orthopedics and Joint Replacement Surgery, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose-or not choose-a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

Notable Healthgrades recognitions include:

One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2010-2013)

"This is an important measure consumers can use to make the best choices for their healthcare needs.  Lourdes is truly honored to have received these designations as it reflects upon the dedication of our orthopedic team to provide the absolute best care for our patients," commented David Patak, Lourdes President/CEO.

The Healthgrades study found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, a 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication than in 1 star hospitals.

Additionally, approximately 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5 star level.

The Lourdes Joint Academy team coordinates the pre-operative education and exercise, surgery, hospital stay, and post discharge care ensuring the patient has the quickest and safest return to normal activities. In addition to the Healthgrades awards the Lourdes Joint Academy has also been recognized by Blue Cross/Blue Shield which has awarded it their Program of Distinction status.  This distinction is based on quality, safety, and cost.  The Joint Academy has also earned the The Joint Commissions Disease Specific Certification for both total hips and knees. 

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

About Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital www.lourdes.com

For further information about this or any media inquiry, call Lisa Donovan, Media Coordinator, Lourdes Public Relations, at 607-772-1274.

Joint Commission Gold Seal

Lourdes has been awarded the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

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Lourdes has received
Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

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Certified by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer

New York State Desginated Stroke Center

Lourdes is a New York State Designated Stroke Center

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement