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Knapp Medical Center Receives Five Stars for Hip Fracture Treatment

Knapp Medical Center recognized by independent healthcare ratings organization as a 5-star hospital for hip fracture treatment in 2013

[WESLACO, TX] (October 23, 2012) – Knapp Medical Center’s hip fracture treatment program today received a five-star recognition from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluated the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades based its objective measures solely on clinical performances by analyzing nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009–2011.

“Receiving 5-Star recognition for Hip Fracture Treatment illustrates Knapp Medical Center’s dedication to providing the highest quality of care possible to Mid Valley residents,” said James A. Summersett III, Knapp Medical Center President/CEO. “This recognition is made possible by the dedication and support of the physicians and staff who strive to make sure our patients receive excellent care every day.”

A wide variation in quality exists among American hospitals, according to the Healthgrades report. Patients were 61% less likely to experience a major in-hospital complication when being treated at a five-star hospital when compared with a one-star hospital across a range of common procedures, such as total knee replacement, gall bladder and spine surgeries. This means a total of 183,534 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided during hospital stays if all hospitals performed at a five-star level.

Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into each hospital’s unique population.

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

Celebrating 50 years of service in 2012, Knapp Medical Center employs almost a thousand people and the building has grown and grown to the current six-story structure. The Medical Staff claims over 200 members with highly skilled generalists and specialists. And, just within the past year, the acute care, not-for-profit hospital has won awards for both information technology and patient quality and added pharmacy robotics to enhance patient safety. Knapp Medical Center committed to always and consistent excellence….every patient….every time.

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