When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently identified 25 among the nation’s roughly 3,400 hospitals which performed better than the U.S. national rate for avoiding both 30-day risk standardized readmission and complications following total hip and total knee replacement surgery, only one South Florida hospital made the list: Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
CMS looked at the number of patients who had total hip and total knee replacements between July 1, 2009 and March 31, 2012 and who also experienced at least one of eight complications, including:
- heart attacks
- sepsis within seven days of admission
- blood clots in the lung or
- death within a month of admission
- mechanical complications with the joint prosthesis or
- an infection of the joint or wound within 90 days of admission.
The complication measure is “risk standardized,” which means the methodology used by Medicare takes into account the severity of illness (how sick the patient is) when comparing Holy Cross to similar hospitals with the same level of sick patients.
This news comes on the heels of Holy Cross being named One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ – 3 Years in a Row (2012-2014), a Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ – 8 Years in a Row (2007-2014) and being Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement – 9 Years in a Row (2006-2014).
Holy Cross Hospital also was the first in the world to use MAKOplasty® for partial knee resurfacing and the first in Broward to use the MAKOplasty® technology for total hip replacements.
“When you look at the most recent data available, it shows that Holy Cross leads Broward and the tri-County marketplace in hip and knee replacements,” said Jonathan Levy, MD, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery. “We are dedicated to employing the most advanced techniques and performing leading-edge orthopedic research. We are a community hospital performing on par with the nation’s best, as demonstrated time and time again.”
Holy Cross Hospital is a leader in orthopedics, cardiology, oncology and the neurosciences. Recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from the Leapfrog Group and named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® for 2012, Holy Cross is Broward County’s only hospital with Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center – a designation the hospital has maintained through two re-credentialing cycles.