When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified 25 among the nation’s roughly 3,400 hospitals that performed better than the U.S. national rate for avoiding both 30-day risk standardized readmission and complications following total hip and total knee replacement surgery, only one South Florida hospital made the list: Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
“When you look at the most recent data available, it shows that Holy Cross leads Broward and the tri-County marketplace in hip and knee replacements,” said Jonathan Levy, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery. “We are dedicated to employing the most advanced techniques and performing leading-edge orthopedic research. We are a community hospital performing on par with the nation’s best, as demonstrated time and time again.”
As part of its metrics, CMS looked at the number of patients who had total hip and total knee replacements between July 1, 2009 and March 31, 2012 and who also experienced at least one of eight complications, including:
•sepsis within seven days of admission
•blood clots in the lung or
•death within a month of admission
•mechanical complications with the joint prosthesis or
•an infection of the joint or wound within 90 days of admission.
The complication measure is “risk standardized,” which means the methodology used by Medicare takes into account the severity of illness (how sick the patient is) when comparing Holy Cross to similar hospitals with the same level of sick patients.
Holy Cross Hospital was the first in the world to perform MAKOplasty® for partial knee resurfacing and VERASENSE Sensor-Assisted Surgery. Holy Cross Hospital was also the first in the United States to standardize the use of VERASENSE, an advanced sensor technology used during total knee replacement to ensure proper implant alignment, rotation and balance, across multiple knee implant systems, and the first in Broward to use the MAKOplasty® technology for total hip replacements.
Holy Cross Hospital is a leader in orthopedics, cardiology, oncology and the neurosciences. Recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from the Leapfrog Group, Holy Cross was named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2012.
Learn more about our innovative orthopedic services by visiting HolyCrossOrthopedics.com.