St. Mary notches accolade for knee-replacement procedures


WALLA WALLA — Providence St. Mary Medical Center has been designated as a five-star facility for total knee replacement procedures, the hospital said, quoting a report from Healthgrades, a provider of information to help consumers compare physicians or hospitals. The rating is the highest available.

St. Mary was also ranked in the top five hospitals in Washington state for gynecological surgery, said Kathleen Obenland, director of public affairs for the hospital.

“The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation” evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011.

The study found patients treated in hospitals receiving five stars had, on average, a 61 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication than in one-star hospitals. Additionally, approximately 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a five-star level, Obenland said in a press release.

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