SMH 5-star recipient from Healthgrades


Saline Memorial Hospital has received 5 stars for the quality of its total knee replacement and hip fracture treatment from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital and the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data on and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“We’re honored to receive this award not only because of the recognition, but because it shows we’re serious about providing the best outcomes for our patients,” said Bob Trautman, SMH CEO. “We are proud to partner with Arkansas Bone and Joint for orthopedic services at Saline Memorial and this award shows that both organizations are committed to exceptional care.”

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has 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 Saline Memorial Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

Additionally, from 2012-2014, patients having total knee replacement in hospitals with 5 stars have, on average, had a 64.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1 star.

Similarly, from 2012-2014, patients having hip fracture treatment in hospitals with 5 stars have, on average, had a 45.3% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1 star.

“To be designated as a 5-star facility for total knee replacement and hip fracture care is another validation that Arkansas Bone & Joint, along with Saline Memorial Hospital, provide the highest quality care for patients in orthopedics, outperforming larger facilities in the area,” said Dr. Scott Walsh, a physician with Arkansas Bone & Joint. “Minimizing complications and optimizing outcomes have been, and will continue to be, our main goal in providing quality care to our patients.”

For the past three years, SMH has earned HealthGrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award™.

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

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, SMH provides a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services, including but not limited to, cardiology, women’s services, bariatric surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, adult and geriatric psychiatry, hospice and home health, sleep disorders and wound care. Although the main campus is in Benton, SMH also manages a general surgery clinic, internal medicine/afterhours clinic and two women’s clinics located throughout the county. For more information, visit

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

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