Lafayette General Receives Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™

11/17/2009

Orthopedic Care at Lafayette General Medical Center has been ranked in the top 5% in the nation by a new study released recently by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.
    
Other notable HealthGrades recognitions and awards, include:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2010
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2010
  • Ranked #1 in LA  for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement in 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery  - 5 years in a row (2006 - 2010)
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement in 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair in 2010
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion)  - 6 years in a row (2005 – 2010)

“Our focus has been, and continues to be, on following national standards of quality care,” says David Callecod, president/CEO of Lafayette General Medical Center.  “Last year, Lafayette General achieved the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Spine Surgery Excellence Award, and I am excited to say that this year’s award builds on that recognition—adding five-star ratings in joint replacement, total knee replacement, and hip fracture repair to spine surgery and back and neck surgery.  This is a true testimonial to the skill and dedication of our orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, 4th floor and surgery staff, and all the support staff who deliver outstanding care every day.”

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Among the findings related to in-hospital complications in this year’s study are:
  • Across all procedures in which complications were studied, there was a 79.69% lower chance of experiencing one or more in-hospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital. 
  • Across all procedures studied, there was a 61.22% lower chance of experiencing one or more in-hospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital, 110,687 orthopedic in-hospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings are posted at www.healthgrades.com, HealthGrades’ public Web site.

HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons. 

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com. 

About Lafayette General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical was founded in 1911 as a community not-for-profit hospital serving Lafayette Parish and the surrounding Communities. The current location in the Oil Center, originally built in 1963, just completed a $20 million expansion project, which includes the Pavilion for women & children. Lafayette General Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital employing over 1800 employees, making it the 4th largest employer in Lafayette with an annual payroll in excess of $80 million.

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