U.S. News & World Report names Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South among nation’s high performing hospitals in knee replacement procedures
July 23, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and Baptist Medical Center South have been rated high performing in knee replacement procedures in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.
“We are extremely proud of our program being recognized by U.S News & World Report,” said Michael Mayo, hospital president of Baptist Jacksonville. “This endorsement acknowledges the commitment of our physicians, team members and organization in providing the highest quality orthopedic services to the patients in our community.”
“Baptist South takes pride in providing quality care for the community we serve and we are honored to have this recognition as a testament to the exceptional orthopedic surgeons practicing at our hospitals,” added Ron Robinson, hospital president for Baptist South.
U.S. News evaluated hospitals in various procedures and medical conditions and rates them high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals are rated as high performers. The ratings are determined by outcome measures such as patient satisfaction, readmissions, high nursing standards, patient volume and minimizing infection and corrective procedures that need to be repeated.
“We appreciate this national recognition which is a reflection of the high quality of care provided by Baptist Jacksonville and Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute,” said Steven M. Crenshaw, MD, orthopedic surgeon and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Baptist Jacksonville . “We are focused on providing patients with exceptional orthopedic care while using the most advanced technology and minimally-invasive procedures.”
“We are honored to receive this recognition as it attests to our devotion to providing the best possible orthopedic care for our patients,” added Richard Picerno, MD, orthopedic surgeon and chief of orthopedics at Baptist South and former Baptist South chief of staff. “Through our total joint program, our team of physicians, surgical staff, nurses and therapists strive to set the standard of orthopedic excellence.”
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”