The Regional Orthopedic Center at Poudre Valley Hospital was recently recognized as one of the top-97 hospitals for outcomes following joint replacement surgery by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Of the 97 hospitals noted, PVH is one of only 25 hospitals in the nation and the only Colorado hospital listed that performed better than average in avoiding readmissions or complications.
The measured outcomes were based on Medicare data about how well patients recover after hip and knee replacement surgeries. The two outcome categories are readmissions after surgery and complications following surgery, such as a blood clot, infection, a problem with the artificial joint or death.
In judging hospitals, Medicare evaluated cases between July 2009 and June 2012.
“We should all be very pleased with the results of these outcomes, but at the same time, we must continue to try and improve them,” Dr. Dana Clark, a surgeon at Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies, wrote in a news release announcing the award. “This represents a strong, collaborative effort by the physicians, nurses, therapists, and staff at PVH, who have made patient outcomes their number one priority.”