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Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Named Top 10% in Nation for Joint Replacement

October 28, 2021
3 minutes

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) is among the top 10% in the nation for Joint Replacement and a recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award according to new analysis by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas. For example, from 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Joint Replacement Specialty Excellence Award have, on average 61.1% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Additionally, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the Joint Replacement Specialty Excellence Award are, on average 2.57 times more likely to experience one or more complications in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*

“We want to provide information to make finding a healthcare specialist an easier experience for consumers. Patients can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Joint Replacement provide high-quality care and superior outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science, Healthgrades.

“Being recognized in the top 10% of the nation for Joint Replacement Excellence from Healthgrades is a testament to the high standard of care provided to patients every day by the surgeons and staff at GRMC”, says Dolores Major, MD, Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and GRMC Board Vice Chairman. “Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Jack Deetjen, M.D., Trent Twitero, M.D., and G. Steven White, M.D., have more than 75 years of combined surgical experience performing thousands of bone, joint and muscle-related surgeries. This Healthgrades distinction is evidence of the efforts our dedicated medical staff and clinical teams make day in and day out to ensure the very best, quality outcomes for the patients who trust us with their health care.”

GRMC has also been recognized for the following clinical achievements:
• Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement in 2022
• Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)
• Five-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery for 7 Years in a Row (2015-2021)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. 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).

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit:

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