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Harlingen Medical Center Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by Healthgrades

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Harlingen Medical Center Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by Healthgrades

Harlingen, TX – Orthopedic care at Harlingen Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by lowest risk-adjusted complications, according to this year's evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital, and the right care. Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

The achievement is part of findings released today online and in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that Harlingen's clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Harlingen Medical Center not only performs at a 5-star level in Knee Replacement and Hip Fracture Treatment, it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in Orthopedic Surgery and as a result has been recognized with the 2016 Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for six years in a row (2011-2016).

In addition to their Orthopedic achievements, Harlingen Medical Center achieved these 5-star designation in 2016-

  • Five-Star Recipient for Back Surgery in 2016
  • Five-Star Recipient for Repair of Abdominal Aorta for 3 Years in a Row (2014-2016)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Defibrillator Procedures in 2016
  • Five-Star Recipient for Appendectomy for 4 Years in a Row (2013-2016)

"The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. "Hospitals with superior outcomes for certain aspects of care may not perform as well in other areas. Moreover, a major metropolitan area may have many hospitals, but only a few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care."

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, and assessed hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. 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) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found


*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2012 through 2014 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.