The Orthopedics Program at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) was recognized today by a national healthcare company.  MVHS ranks among Top 5 in New York for Joint Replacement according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. Additionally, MVHS is a recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award. For the State Ranking analysis, Healthgrades evaluated clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide focusing on eight key specialties across a mix of chronic, urgent and planned clinical areas.


“This award demonstrates the continued commitment of our surgical staff at MVHS to quality and excellence,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, president/CEO, MVHS. “I am so proud of our team for always putting the patient first and providing quality healthcare to our community. This award helps those outside our system know the great work being done right here at MVHS.”


Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize hospitals with superior performance in specific specialty lines and specialty focus areas. For example: From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Joint Replacement Specialty Excellence Award have, on average 61.1 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. And patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the Joint Replacement Specialty Excellence Award have, on average 2.57 times more likely to experience one or more complications in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award. *


“We want to provide information to make finding a healthcare specialist an easier experience for consumers,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of Data Science, Healthgrades. “Patients can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Joint Replacement provide high-quality care and superior outcomes.


MVHS was also recognized with the Surgical Care Excellence Award, placing the hospital in the Top 10 percent in the nation for Surgical Care.


For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).



Photo caption 1 – (Left to right) Fayez Chahfe, MD; Jonathan Wigderson, DO; and Leo Sullivan, MD, join the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Surgical Team to accept the Healthgrades Surgical Care Excellence Award, placing MVHS in the Top 10 percent in the nation for Surgical Care.


Photo caption 2 – (Left to right) Nancy Edic, RN, director of Nursing, Perioperative Services; Andrew B. Wickline, MD; and Eric Porritt, DO, accept the Healthgrades award for Joint Replacement Excellence, placing MVHS in the Top 5 in New York State for joint replacement.

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