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Central Washington Hospital: Only hospital in state named America's '100 Best Hospitals.

Confluence Health's Central Washington Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America's "100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and one of America's "100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery."

Confluence Health Central Washington Hospital is the only hospital in the state to receive both distinctions.

The achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation.

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.

For example, from 2014-2016, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award[TM] have, on average, a 38.9% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. "It's an honor to be ranked among the top hospitals in the country," said Dr. Peter Rutherford, CEO of Confluence Health. "I'd like to congratulate our exceptional physicians and staff members for then-dedication to quality and the outstanding patient outcomes they provide to this community."

Central Washington Hospital was also recognized as a Joint Replacement Excellence Award for three consecutive years (2016-2018), Five-Star Recipient in Total Knee Replacement for 16 Years in a Row (2003-2018), Back Surgery for 6 consecutive years (2013-2018), Spinal Fusion Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2016-2018) and Peripheral Vascular Bypass for an eighth consecutive year (2011-2018). Central Washington Hospital was also recognized with Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for a fifth consecutive year (2013-2017). "Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country," said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades, Chief Medical Officer. "The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and Spine Surgery distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care and can distinguish themselves to consumers seeking care at high-quality facilities."

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 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Health-grades 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) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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Title Annotation:Confluence HEALTH: Central Washington Hospital & Clinics
Publication:Wenatchee Business Journal
Date:Dec 1, 2017
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