HealthGrades Names Franklin Hospital Best of Long Island for Joint Replacement Surgery
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y., Oct. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Franklin Hospital is ranked the best on Long Island for joint replacement outcomes according to the 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. The ratings place Franklin as best on Long Island for a second consecutive year.
Franklin Hospital is also rated highest, at 5-stars, for total knee replacement for a second consecutive year, meaning that patients experience on average a 73% lower risk of mortality and 63% lower risk of complication compared to 1-star hospitals. “Ranking among the best in joint replacement outcomes demonstrates Franklin Hospital’s commitment to quality care and patient satisfaction,” said Joseph Manopella, executive director. “We are proud of our skilled staff and their dedication to continually improve the scope and quality of our orthopedic programs and services.”
Franklin’s Center for Surgical Specialties is part of the North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute, combining the orthopedic programs of several facilities to provide state-of-the-art care for the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders. The Center’s 22 surgeons, more than half of whom perform joint replacements, treat patients on a complete care continuum from diagnosis through rehabilitation. “Our surgeons and staff help hundreds of patients with complex joint conditions get back on their feet every year,” said Mr. Manopella. “By fully supporting HealthGrade’s ratings, our staff in turn allows the community to recognize our facility as a top-notch choice for care.”
Consumer trends indicate that growing numbers of potential patients choose hospitals based on high quality ratings over familiarity. “Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Franklin Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the New York area.”
Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:
- Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
- Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.
- If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.
- If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedure, 164,472 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided.
HealthGrades evaluated patient outcomes at nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide on 27 medical diagnoses and procedures. Outcomes were measured based on mortality or in-hospital complications. Individual hospital ratings and a comparison of doctors and hospitals in the New York area are available to the public at http://topcities.healthgrades.com/ratings/.
About Franklin Hospital
A member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream, NY, is a 305-bed community hospital that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services to patients from Nassau and Southeastern Queens Counties in New York. The hospital is also home to the Center for Surgical Specialties, a 29-bed unit that provides state-of-the-art care for the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders along a complete continuum of care, from diagnosis to surgery to rehabilitation. For more information about Franklin and North Shore-LIJ, go to www.northshorelij.com
HealthGrades is America’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation’s leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.
SOURCE North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System