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Healthgrades Names GRMC 5-Star Recipient in Total Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture Treatment, and Appendectomy

January 3, 2018
3 minutes

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has achieved 5 stars for its performance in Total Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture Treatment, and Appendectomy from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. These achievements are part of new findings and data released by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

“The Healthgrades 5-star recognitions are a testament to the high standard of care provided to patients every day at our facility. This national recognition confirms our commitment to provide high-quality, safe care to each life we are privileged to touch, as well as exemplifies the dedication of our staff when caring for patients”, said Robert Haynes, CEO of Guadalupe Regional Medical Center.

For the 11th consecutive year, GRMC has been the recipient of a 5-Star rating in Hip Fracture Treatment from Healthgrades, as well as a 5-Star rating in Total Knee Replacement surgeries for the 5th consecutive year. GRMC’s 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. GRMC also received 5-Star recognition for the third year in a row for appendectomies performed.

“At GRMC we are continuously striving to achieve clinical excellence,” says GRMC’s Executive Director of Quality Rhonda Unruh. “The Healthgrades awards are evidence of the efforts our dedicated medical staff and clinical teams make every day to ensure the very best, quality outcomes for the patients who trust us with their care.”

The Healthgrades 2018 report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that GRMC’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for Total Knee Replacement, Hip Fracture Treatment, and Appendectomy stand out in their marketplace.”


*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 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 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) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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