Albany hospital receives high marks from HealthGrades

Apr 6,2011

HealthGrades’ annual study released in October 2010 names Samaritan Albany General Hospital as a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award, ranking the hospital among the top 10 percent in the nation for Joint Replacement surgery. 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.

The public is demanding increased public reporting of quality measures, and recent government reform efforts support this call to action. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 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 percent from 59 percent.                               

Additional orthopedic surgery achievements for Samaritan Albany General Hospital include:

  • Ranked #5 in Oregon for Joint Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement
  • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair for two years in a row (2010 – 2011)

“We’re extremely proud of our entire Joint Replacement team for their coordinated contributions necessary to have earned this recognition,” said David Triebes, CEO for Samaritan Albany General Hospital. “Our hospital, through the commitment and support of Samaritan Health Services, our hospital board and our medical staff, is totally focused on improving the patient experience in quality, safety and satisfaction."

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 in-hospital complications in this year’s study are:         

  • Across all procedures in which complications were studied, there was an 80 percent lower chance of experiencing one or more complications in a five-star rated hospital compared to a one-star rated hospital.
  • Across all procedures studied, there was a 63 percent lower chance of experiencing one or more in-hospital complications in a five-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.
  • If all hospitals performed at the level of a five-star rated hospital, 185,875 in-hospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.

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

“This award is validation of our staff’s commitment and confirms the vision of Dr. Stephen Newman that focused effort on quality and process can have a dramatic impact on the patient experience and results,” Triebes added. As everyone looks ahead to the initiatives in our State and nationally to transform health care delivery, we feel that this award is a significant milestone in our contribution to these efforts and will help us to continually focus directly on our patients.”

To learn more about the Joint Replacement Program call (541) 812-5050.