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Christiana Care Named to Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopaedic Surgery and 5 Other Specialities

Christiana Care Health System is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery, Pulmonary Care, Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

“At Christiana Care, we commit to being exceptional today and even better tomorrow,” said Christiana Care President and CEO Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH. “This award belongs to all our extraordinary caregivers, and it underscores our successes in delivering true value to our community.”

Christiana Care Health System received the following distinctions for 2019:

  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopaedic Surgery™ for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for 4 Years in a Row (2016-2019)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ for 6 Years in a Row (2014-2019)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care™ for 4 Years in a Row (2016-2019)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ for 8 Years in a Row (2012-2019)
  • Neurosciences Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2016-2019)
  • Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2016-2019)
  • Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for 4 years in a row (2016-2019)
  • Critical Care Exellence Award™ for 5 years in a row (2015-2019)

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes. Additionally, from 2015 through 2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average, a 63 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Spine Surgery, Pulmonary Care, Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and these recognitions distinguish Christiana Care Health System in the marketplace.”

Earlier this year, Christiana Care Health System received the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for a second year in a row (2017-2018).

The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

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