Valley Medical Center #1 in Washington for Joint Replacement Surgery

Award is Based on Study, Which Finds Patients Treated at 5-Star Hospitals are 80% Less Likely to Experience a Major Complication
RENTON, WA - Valley Medical Center is a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award, ranking them in the top 5% nationally and #1 in Washington by a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.
Other 2010 notable clinical achievements include:
  • Best Ranked in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Region for Overall Orthopedic Services and Spine Surgery
  • Ranked Among the Top; 5 in WA for Overall Orthopedic Services and Spine Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) – 8 years in a row
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee and Joint Replacements – 7 years in a row
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery – 5 years in a row
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Orthopedic Services
“We couldn’t be more proud of this award,” said Rich Roodman, CEO, Valley Medical Center. “We’ve long known our Joint Center is among the best anywhere, and this ranking validates that as well as the entire Medical Center’s commitment to quality.”
The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals over the years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Among the findings related to inhospital complications in this year’s study are:
  • Across all procedures in which complications were studied, there was a 79.69% lower chance of experiencing one or more inhospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.
  • Across all procedures studied, there was a 61.22% lower chance of experiencing one or more inhospital complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital, 110,687 orthopedic inhospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.
The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today at, HealthGrades’ public Web site.
HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades’ hospital ratings and awards reflect the track record of patient outcomes at hospitals in the form of mortality and complication rates. HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.
For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.
More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

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