Tyler hospital receives award for spine surgery

Released by Nancy Johnson with Texas Spine and Joint Hospital:

TYLER, TX - Spine surgery at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital has been ranked in the top 5% in the nation by a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. This is the sixth year in a row that Texas Spine & Joint Hospital has been in the top 5% nationally for spine surgery. "We know how important it is to maintain uncompromising standards for quality," says Deborah Pelton, Chief nursing officer.  Pelton added, "Patients deserve to have confidence in their surgery experience.  The dedication of our healthcare team to safety and quality gives our patients that confidence."

Other 2010 Clinical Achievements include:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence AwardTM
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in TX for Spine Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery

"We have very successful processes in place to ensure the highest quality standards," says Susan Orr, clinical improvement specialist for TSJH. "Our current infection rate has been below 1% for six years which is well below the national average," Orr added.  "Infection control, fall prevention and patient education before and after surgery all play an important role in overall successful outcomes."

The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation's 5,000 hospitals.

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.

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today at www.healthgrades.com, 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 www.healthgrades.com.

About Texas Spine and Joint Hospital
Texas Spine & Joint Hospital (TSJH) is a privately owned hospital specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery, procedures, and tests. TSJH includes a twenty bed, acute care hospital, an outpatient surgery center and ancillary imaging center.  With a total medical staff of over 196, TSJH employs 220 full and part time employees and performed over 30,000 procedures and tests in 2008.  With a focus on patient-centered care in a specialized environment, TSJH ranks in the 99th percentile nationally for patient satisfaction according to Press Ganey Associates survey data.