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North Ottawa ranked among top orthopaedic hospitals

NOCH received The hospital received 5-Star ratings on overall orthopaedic services, plus on joint, knee and hip surgery.

June 28, 2013
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North Ottawa ranked among top orthopaedic hospitals
Ratings research shows that patients undergoing a total knee replacement at a 5-Star hospital have a 61.8 percent lower risk of complications than if they had the same procedure at a 1-Star hospital. Patients undergoing treatment for a fractured hip have a 46 percent lower risk. Courtesy North Ottawa Community Hospital
West Michigan patients in need of orthopaedic procedures are in luck. They have one of the nation’s highest ranked orthopaedic hospitals at North Ottawa Community Health Systems in Grand Haven, according to Healthgrades.

Healthgrades is an information resource that helps consumers nationwide search, evaluate, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. Its recently released 2013 rankings place NOCHS among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for overall orthopedic services and joint replacement, and it names the hospital one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopaedic Surgery.  

The hospital’s high marks also helped it win an Orthopaedic Surgery Excellence Award and a Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades, as well as 5-Star ratings for Overall Orthopaedic Services, Joint, Knee and Hip Replacement, and Hip Fracture Treatment procedures.  

This is the third consecutive year NOCHS has earned 5-Star ratings for Joint Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Total Hip Replacement procedures and the fourth year in a row for Hip Fracture Treatment. 

Only 10 to 15 percent of hospitals nationwide receive a 5-Star rating from Healthgrades, according to NOCHS.

In addition to the national accolades, NOCHS earned top marks in Michigan where it ranked third for Overall Orthopaedic Services and ninth for Joint Replacement.  

“North Ottawa Community Health System has developed a national reputation for providing exceptional health care services in a variety of areas, including our award-winning orthopaedics program,” said Shelleye Yaklin, president and CEO of the hospital. 

“As our organization continues its growth, we are excited to earn recognition like this for our efforts to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to all of our patients.”

Healthgrades quality ratings are based on how well patients fared during their hospital stay in terms of mortality rates and preventable complications. A representative of NOCHS said Healthgrades objectively measures hospital quality based on the number of patients who experienced complications or died as a result of their procedure or treatment. 

A hospital is required to have enough cases providing three years of data, and at least five cases in the most current year to be included in the analyses for ratings. 

For each procedure, treatment and specialty area, Healthgrades uses a “star” system to indicate rank, based on the hospital’s performance. The designation of five stars means “better than expected,” three stars reflect “as expected,” while one star is “worse than expected.”

North Ottawa Community Hospital is an 81-bed acute care hospital at 1309 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven. Also part of the system is an 84-bed long-term care facility, home health care and durable medical equipment services, retail pharmacy and urgent care center, as well as physician practices in primary care and OB/GYN. It also includes North Ottawa County’s first in-patient hospice facility and longest-running, community-based hospice program on the lakeshore. 

NOCHS said it is among the lakeshore’s major employers, with more than 800 employees.

“In addition to the superior quality of our orthopaedic surgical team, what also sets us apart from other programs is our ability to completely coordinate the patient’s recovery — from rehabilitation and home care equipment to a short-term skilled nursing stay at our care center,” said Yaklin. “Seamlessly managing post-surgical care is a big factor in accelerating recovery.”

Healthgrades ratings are said to be a source of key information for patients trying to determine where to seek treatment. Patients that receive care from a hospital receiving a 5-Star rating have a significantly lower risk of experiencing complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at a hospital receiving a 1-Star rating, according to a news release from NOCHS.  

According to Healthgrades, patients undergoing a total knee replacement at a 5-Star hospital have a 61.8 percent lower risk of complications than if they had the same procedure at a 1-Star hospital. Patients undergoing treatment for a fractured hip have a 46 percent lower risk.

“Consumers today are taking a much more active role in decisions about their health care,” noted Yaklin. “Resources like Healthgrades ratings provide them with the information they need to make the most educated choices about where they want to go for treatment. 

“Our hope is that this recognition will help orthopaedic patients understand that they have a world-class facility right here in their own community.” 

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