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Saline Memorial Hospital Named America's 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery for Three Years in a Row (2018-2020)

10/24/2019

Saline Memorial Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Saline Memorial Hospital is the only Hospital in Arkansas to achieve America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery for Two Years in a Row (2018-2020).  Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.


The achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers. Additionally, from 2016 through 2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average, a 39.7 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. And patients treated at hospitals that did not receive the award were 1.66 times more likely to experience a complication in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that received the award*.


“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.” 


“Our coworkers and physicians are committed to delivering quality outcomes,”said Michael Stewart, Saline Health System CEO. “We’re honored to receive the recognition but most proud of the fact that our patients are experiencing lower complication rates and better results.”


Saline Memorial Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

- Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

- Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)

- Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

- Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

- Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)

- Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 5 Years in a Row (2016-2020)

- Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)

- Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 5 Years in a Row (2016-2020)

- Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

- Recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 General Surgery Excellence Award™

- Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for General Surgery in 2020

- Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2017-2020)

- Recipient of the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)

- Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)

- Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Patient Safety for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)

“We continue to strive for the best outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Scott Walsh, orthopedic surgeon and partner at Arkansas Bone and Joint.  “Safety, efficiency, and innovation are key ingredients to quality orthopedic surgical outcomes, and Saline Health System enables us to deliver such measures to our patients.” For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. 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. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

Saline Memorial Hospital (SMH) is a full-service, 177-bed community hospital that has served Saline County and the surrounding areas for more than 60 years. Located in Benton, Arkansas, Saline Memorial  provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including but not limited to, cardiology, women’s services, bariatric surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, otolaryngology, adult and geriatric psychiatry, hospice and home health, sleep disorders and wound care. Although the main campus is in Benton, Saline also manages a general surgery clinic, internal medicine/afterhours clinics and two women’s clinics located throughout the county. For more information, visit salinememorial.org.

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.






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