HealthGrades Names RWJ Hamilton 5-Star Rated for Orthopedic Services in 2012
Study: If all Medicare patients had been treated at 5-star hospitals, more than 240,000 lives could have potentially been saved.
A report released by HealthGrades — the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings — named Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton among the top 5 hospitals in New Jersey for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2012.
HealthGrades' study found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals.
“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend RWJ Hamilton for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton also earned the following recognition:
- Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
- Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2011-2012)
- Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery (2012)
The HealthGrades report that examined all Medicare records from 2008 to 2010 found that on overage, patients were at 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average. Additionally, patients were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.
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