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HealthGrades Study: Providence St. Mary Medical Center 5 star rated for total knee replacement

October 23, 2012

Walla Walla, WA., October 23, 2012 – Providence St. Mary Medical Center is a 5 star recipient for total knee replacement, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. Five-star is the highest rating available.

Providence St. Mary earlier this year also was rated a 5 star recipient and ranked in the top five hospitals in Washington State for gynecological surgery.

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 Healthgrades study found that patients treated in hospitals receiving 5 stars had, on average, a 61 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication than in 1 star hospitals.  Additionally, approximately 183,534 in-hospital complications could potentially have been avoided if all hospitals performed at a 5 star level.

Providence St. Mary has done extensive work instituting best practices supported by research to reduce the risk of surgical infections, prevent complications, and improve outcomes. In addition, it also has invested in the staff, technology and facilities needed to provide patients with the best possible care. The medical center did an extensive remodeling the Operating Suites in 2010 and opening a new, state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit in 2012.

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today (Oct. 23, 2012) and are free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.


Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Wash., is the fourth largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the Walla Walla area.


News Release

For immediate release

Contact: Kathleen Obenland, Director of Public Affairs

Providence St. Mary Medical Center

401 W. Poplar St., Walla Walla, WA 99362