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Healthgrades America's 100 Best Joint Replacement and Orthopedic Surgery Awards 2016

The Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Nearly 4,500 Hospitals Finds Holy Cross Hospital Among the Best Nationally 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (October 20, 2015) – Holy Cross Hospital released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best™ hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery & Joint Replacement. Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures within these service lines. 

The achievement is part of findings released today online and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care may have a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.* A 5-star rating indicates that Holy Cross’ clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

In addition to being recognized in the top 100 hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and Joint Replacement, Holy Cross Hospital also is a Recipient of the Five-Star for Total Knee Replacement for 13 Years in a Row (2004-2016), Total Hip Replacement for 11 Years in a Row (2006-2016), Hip Fracture Treatment for 9 Years in a Row (2008-2016), & Spinal Fusion Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016).

Healthgrades analysis of hospital performance in 32 conditions and procedures shows that differences in quality exist within local service areas. The following examples help demonstrate the variations that exist in mortality rates and complication rates at the local level in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL area (2012-2014):

• Of the 40 hospitals located within the area, our 2016 study reveals that although these hospitals are just minutes away from each other, risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rates for Total Knee Replacement ranged from 0.9% on the low end to 31.7% on the high end, which is a more than 35.2-fold difference in complication rates.

• Of the 34 hospitals located within the area,  Healthgrades' 2016 study reveals that although these hospitals are just minutes away from each other, risk-adjusted in-hospital complication rates for Hip Replacement ranged from 2.1% on the low end to 17.3% on the high end, which is a more than 8.2-fold difference in complication rates. 

"Holy Cross Hospital is honored to be recognized by Healthgrades for our orthopedic excellence," said Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer. "These awards reflect the commitment of our organization to quality and to being a transforming, healing presence in our community." 

Holy Cross Hospital has been one of the most trusted names in healthcare for nearly 60 years, with  outstanding physicians and clinicians, an ongoing commitment to research, new technology and services in Orthopedics.

“The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “Hospitals with superior outcomes for certain aspects of care may not perform as well in other areas. Moreover, a major metropolitan area may have many hospitals, but only a few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care.” 

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3 star (not statistically different from expected), and 1 star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality. 

About Holy Cross Hospital 
A part of Trinity Health, Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.  Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to meet our diverse community's evolving healthcare needs.   Thriving since 1955, Holy Cross Hospital's medical staff numbers more than 600, represents more than 40 specialties and is complemented by more than 3,000 employees—all  working to make Holy Cross our community's trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.