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MRMC_2010-HealthGrades-Joint-Replacement-AwardMISSION — For the third year in a row, Mission Regional Medical Center has been nationally recognized for its clinical excellence and ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement surgery, hospital officials announced last week.

"I am extremely proud of the physicians and staff at our hospital," said Javier Iruegas, CEO of MRMC. "The ratings and recognition we have received in the last three years demonstrate that we continue to provide patients with the highest quality orthopedic care in a patient-focused environment."

Every year, 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.

As the public demands increased public reporting of quality measures, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than 40 percent of adults report that they believe there are major differences in hospital quality in their immediate geography.

Additionally, since 1996, the number of consumers that indicated they would choose a hospital based on a high quality rating over familiarity has increased to 72 from 59 percent.

MRMC also sustained its top rating – five-stars – for overall joint replacement surgery for the third consecutive year.

"It is an honor to receive these ratings from a nationally recognized company, such as HealthGrades," said Jose Marina, DO, orthopedics. "Ratings like these allow consumers to make informed decisions when choosing a healthcare provider."

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. 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 five-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A three-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.

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