Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORMAN, OK - (October 20, 2015) - Norman Regional announced that it has received 5 stars for the quality of several orthopedic surgeries 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 released today 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.

Healthgrades has named Norman Regional a five-star recipient for the following procedures:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 7 Years in a Row (2010-2016)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 9 Years in a Row (2008-2016)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2015-2016)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery in 2016

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 Norman Regional’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

Of the 15 hospitals located within the Oklahoma City area, Healthgrades’ 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 2.1% on the low end to 9.7% on the high end, which is a more than 4.6-fold difference in complication rates.

"Recognition from Healthgrades shows the dedication our team has to always giving patients the five-star quality treatment they have come to expect from Norman Regional," said David Whitaker, President and Chief Executive Officer at Norman Regional. "Great treatment starts before a patient even enters the hospital's doors. From education before a procedure to rehabilitation after a patient has gone home, Norman Regional offers quality at every step of our patient’s journey."

"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

About Norman Regional Health System
Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that serves the healthcare needs of south central Oklahoma. It is currently comprised of an acute-care facility, Norman Regional, on Porter Avenue, and the Norman Regional HealthPlex, located on Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Hospital is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services including emergency care, oncology, an intensive care unit, surgery and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex campus is licensed for 136 beds. It features the services of cardiovascular, spine and orthopedics, women’s and children’s and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is also the home of the Chest Pain Center and the HealthPlex Heart Hospital. In 2014, the Health System broke ground on a new facility in Moore, Oklahoma.

Norman Regional Health System also provides outpatient diagnostic centers, medical transport services, physician services, centers of excellence, durable medical equipment supplies, a primary care network, community wellness service and employer health services. It has grown to employ more than 2,700 people and have 356 physicians credentialed on the Medical Staff.

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