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2012 HealthGrades Ranking for Orthopedics

HealthGrades® Names Beebe Medical Center One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Overall Orthopedic, Joint Replacement, and Spine Surgery

Only Hospital in the Delmarva Peninsula* to Receive Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence AwardTM for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Beebe Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Overall Orthopedics, Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery and Coronary Interventions, according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

HealthGrades logoBeebe Medical Center was also found to be the Best in Delmarva for:

Total Knee Replacement for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Total Hip Replacement for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Back & Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) for Back & Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Overall Orthopedic Services for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Joint Replacement  for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Spine Surgery for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013) Cardiology Services in 2013 Coronary Interventional Procedures for Two Years in a Row (2012-2013)

Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 86% 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 the mortality rates for a certain procedure.

HealthGrades' hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72% lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

Beebe Medical Center offers a comprehensive orthopedic program that includes pre-surgery education classes for patients undergoing joint replacement and physical therapy programs following surgery. The Orthopedic Department also offers education for patients undergoing spinal surgery. In recent years the spinal surgery program has grown as surgeons perform innovative and minimally invasive spinal surgeries.

The hospital has a dedicated unit on the third floor with 29 patient rooms for orthopedic surgery patients that is staffed by healthcare professionals who are specially trained and educated in the care of orthopedic patients. These professionals use the latest in healthcare technologies to ensure for optimum patient recovery. The unit also has a dedicated wing for joint replacement patients.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).

More information on today' s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Learn more about orthopaedic care at Beebe

To learn more, explore the orthopaedic section of our website, contact your primary care physician, or one of Beebe's orthopaedic surgeons.