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Healthgrades Names GRMC a 2023 Joint Replacement and Surgical Care Excellence Award Recipient

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center today announced that it has been recognized as the only 2023 Joint Replacement and Surgical Care Excellence Award™ recipient in the San Antonio Area** by Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients. Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize the top 10% of hospitals across the country in 17 specialty care areas. This achievement reflects Guadalupe Regional Medical Center’s outstanding clinical outcomes for Joint Replacement and Overall Surgical Care, and distinguishes GRMC as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for both Joint Replacement and Surgical Care.

“Being nationally recognized in the top 10% in the nation for surgical care really goes to show that we put the safety of our patients at the top of our list,” says GRMC Director of OR Jody Elliot, MSN,RN. “The true heroes of our facility are our staff and medical providers. We operate as a family, and caring about our patients and our fellow team members is what makes Guadalupe Regional Medical Center successful. If you need exceptional medical care, GRMC will always be here for you.”

Healthgrades evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country to identify the top-performing hospitals for specialty care. This year’s analysis revealed significant variation in patient outcomes between hospitals with a 2023 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award and hospitals that did not receive the award. For example, from 2019-2021, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ have, on average, a 63.5% 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 Excellence Award™ are, on average, 2.74 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 commend Guadalupe Regional Medical Center for their ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients undergoing a surgical procedure, said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident that recipients of the 2023 Joint Replacement and Surgical Care Excellence Award have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”

Consumers can visit Healthgrades.com to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 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 2019 through 2021. Click here to view the complete 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology.

** San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX CBSA Map Area)


For the 2023 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared Specialty Excellence Award recipients for Surgical Care as a group, to all other hospitals, as a group, and found: From 2019-2021, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Surgical Care Specialty Excellence Award have, on average:

  • 30.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

 From 2019-2021, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the Surgical Care Specialty Excellence Award are, on average:

  • 1.44 times more likely to experience one or more complications in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.* *Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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