Scottsdale Healthcare News: Shea Medical Center among Top U.S. Hospitals for Joint Replacement

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is the only Phoenix-area hospital ranked among the top 97 hospitals in the country for joint replacement procedures, according to a study released in December by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Hip and knee replacement patients from top-ranked hospitals are least likely to suffer setbacks after a joint replacement procedure, concluded the study.

CMS analyzed outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgeries for Medicare patients between July 2009 and June 2012, looking for which hospitals had the lowest rates of readmission within 30 days of discharge and fewest post-operative complications after performing hip or knee replacement surgery.

“Scottsdale Healthcare’s multidisciplinary orthopedic team follows evidence-based protocols in all three of our hospitals that consistently demonstrate positive patient outcomes,” said Kathy Stinson, director of orthopedic services. “This occurs in tandem with a focused approach on the unique needs of each individual patient.”

Scottsdale Healthcare has total joint replacement centers in each of its hospitals—Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital—serving orthopedic patients from across the Valley.

CMS evaluated how often joint replacement patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge and how often they suffered certain complications, including infection, pneumonia, surgical site bleeding, problems with the artificial joint and death. According to Medicare’s findings:

• 97 hospitals were considered above average performers on either readmission measures or complication measures.

• About 95 percent of U.S. hospitals were considered “average.” Patients at “average” hospitals have a 5.4 percent chance of being readmitted and a 3.4 percent chance of suffering a complication.

• 95 hospitals were considered below average performers on either readmission measures or complication measures.

About 600,000 Medicare patients undergo a hip or knee replacement each year in the United States.

“Patients considering elective procedures like joint replacement surgery will find it beneficial to know which hospitals and surgeons have the quality and experience to give an individual confidence in the orthopedic team,” said Gary Baker, senior vice president and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “Scottsdale Healthcare is home to many of the Valley’s top doctors, and it takes a team to achieve these patient outcomes. It’s great to see Medicare recognize the contributions of our OR staff, nurses, therapists and everyone else supporting the joint replacement program.”

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in Arizona included on the Medicare top 97 list. CMS also recognized Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott.