New National Report Identifies Covenant Medical Center Among the Top Hospitals Nationally for Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and GI Medical Treatment
LUBBOCK, TX--(October 22, 2013) – Covenant Medical Center announced that it has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and GI Medical Treatment according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. This achievement was released today with other new findings in
American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
The new report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Covenant Medical Center's clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.
"Being recognized for our outstanding quality of care is the best award we could possibly receive," said Dr. Craig Rhyne, Chief Medical Officer of Covenant Health. "One of our main goals is to achieve clinical excellence, and honors such as this one help us to realize our tireless efforts and continuous strides for excellence are making a difference for the lives of our patients."
"As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions – from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals," said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades. "Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting a physician associated with a hospital that has achieved recognition by Healthgrades, they can potentially improve outcomes and reduce costs."
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at www.healthgrades.com/find-a-hospital.
Covenant Medical Center--19th Street's full listing of 2014 achievements include:
- Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
- Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award in 2014
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in Row (2013-2014)
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2014
- Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2013-2014)
- Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (203-2014)
- Five-Star Recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for 2 Years in Row (2014-2014)
- Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment in 2014
- Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2014
More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at
About Covenant Health
Covenant Health is the largest health care institution in the region with 1,077 licensed beds, more than 5,000 employees and a medical staff of more than 600 physicians at its cornerstone facilities. Covenant is a member of St. Joseph Health System in Orange County and serves a 62-county area spanning West Texas and eastern New Mexico, with a population in excess of 1.2 million. Learn more about Covenant Health at www.covenanthealth.org.