Norman Regional Health System Among 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery
Healthgrades Study Finds Patients Treated at Hospitals Receiving 5 Stars are 61% Less Likely to Experience a Major Complication
NORMAN – Orthopedic Surgery at Norman Regional Health System is in the top 10% in the nation according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.
Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.
Other notable Healthgrades recognitions for Norman Regional Health System include:
America's Best 100 Hospitals
“Every day when I come to work at Norman Regional I see our employees and physicians dedication to our patients,” said Norman Regional President and CEO David Whitaker. “Awards like HealthGrades demonstrate our staff’s expertise and commitment to quality. Not only do I see it, but Norman Regional’s excellence is validated. I hope all our employees realize that their hard work has made not only these designations possible but also contributed in a positive way to our patients’ lives.”
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Patients being treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars have, on average, 61% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals receiving 1 star (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, a total of 183,534 potential in-hospital complications could have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5-star level.
The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.
In addition to the HealthGrades rankings, Norman Regional’s Total Knee and Total Hip Joint Replacement Programs are certified in Disease Specific Care by the Joint Commission. Norman Regional has also earned several clinical excellence awards from the VHA, a national alliance of non-profit hospitals. It’s also been recognized as a Most Improved, Most Wired health system for its health information technology initiatives.
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
About Norman Regional Health System Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that serves healthcare needs throughout south central Oklahoma. Our acute-care facility on the Porter Avenue Campus is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services. Moore Medical Center, a 45-bed facility, provides general medical and surgical needs, physical therapy, obstetrical services, 24-hour emergency services and close-to-home diagnostic imaging to the Moore community. The new HealthPlex campus at Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road, licensed for 136 beds, features Cardiovascular Services, Spine and Orthopedic Surgery, and Women’s and Children’s Services. 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. We have grown to employ more than 2,700 people and have 356 physicians credentialed on the Medical Staff.