Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital among top 10% in nation for Overall Orthopedic Services, Joint Replacement, and Spine Surgery

Mary Immaculate Hospital Receives Specialty Excellence Award from Leading Healthcare Independent Ratings Organization

Newport News, VA (October 20, 2010) – HealthGrades’ annual study released today ranks Overall Orthopedic Services, Joint Replacement, and Spine Surgery at Bon Secours – Mary Immaculate Hospital in the top 10% in the nation and ranking the hospital first in the region.  HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent ratings organization, evaluates patient outcomes for 5,000 hospitals. This research is the only comprehensive analysis based solely on patient mortality and complication rates.

American households are now the second largest payer of health care services, second only to the federal government, and are outspending private business. So it is not surprising that patients are now consuming complex quality information that at once was only available to hospitals themselves. Mary Immaculate Hospital wholeheartedly supports all efforts to make quality outcomes available to our community and we are pleased to announce that Mary Immaculate Hospital received the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, and Spine Surgery Excellence Awards™ in 2011.

Along with receiving multiple Specialty Excellence Awards Mary Immaculate Hospital achieved other notable HealthGrades recognitions and awards, including:

  • Ranked among the top 5% in the nation for spine surgery
  • Ranked among the top 5% in the nation for spine surgery
  • Ranked 2nd in Virginia for spine surgery in 2011
  • Ranked 3rd in Virginia for overall orthopedic services (Top 10 for 4 years in a row)
  • Ranked 3rd in Virginia for Joint Replacement (Top 10 for 4 years in a row)
  • Mary Immaculate Hospital achieved 5-Star Ratings in the following areas in 2011:
    • Overall Orthopedic Services
    • Joint Replacement (4 years in a row 2008-2011)
    • Total Hip Replacement
    • Back and Neck Surgery (except spinal fusion)
    • Back and Neck Surgery (spinal fusion)

“These designations are an affirmation of the commitment of the entire orthopedic team to provide exceptional care for every patient, every time,” said Patricia L. Robertson, EVP/Administrator for Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital.  “We are very proud of these achievements and will continue to work hard to ensure that our patients continue to receive the best possible care in the Hampton Roads region.”

The HealthGrades study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes in nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records from the years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Among the findings related to inhospital complications in this year’s study are:

  • Across all procedures in which complications were studied, there was an 80% lower chance of experiencing one or more complications in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.
  • Across all procedures studied, there was a 63% 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, 185,875 inhospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.

The new 2011 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted today and are free to the public at

HealthGrades Hospital Quality 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 26 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 equal comparisons.

More information on the Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

About Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate is member of the Bon Secours Virginia Health System  (BSV).  BSV is the fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, which is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads.  The system  includes seven award-winning hospitals; four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together a network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide quality health care services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 11,000 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full-range of services including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, oncology, neurosciences, surgery. Bon Secours Virginia is the only system of hospitals in Virginia that guarantees patients No Wait Emergency Care.

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