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St. Joe's Named Best for Knee/Hip Replacement
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named Michigan's Best
For Knee And Hip Replacement

Hospital Also Earns Highest Ratings in Joint Replacement
and Orthopedic Surgery Excellence

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) bested other Michigan hospitals in a recent Medicare analysis of knee and hip replacement recovery among U.S. hospitals.
In its recent analysis of 192 U.S. hospitals, Medicare identified 97 as having patients with the smoothest recoveries after hip and knee replacement surgeries. Among those, SJMO was the only one in Michigan that earned a "better" rating in the two categories in which hospitals were evaluated: readmission after hip/knee surgery and complications following hip/knee surgery.

The analysis is aimed at improving quality at U.S. hospitals.  In its analysis, Medicare looked at how often patients were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge and how often patients suffered complications after the procedure. These include heart attack, pneumonia, infection or shock within seven days of admission, in addition to bleeding at the surgery site, blood clot in the lung or death within a month of admission.  Medicare also looked at complications from implants and infections of the joint or wound within 90 days of admission.

"St. Joseph Mercy Oakland adheres to the highest standards in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement," said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  "Individuals who come to St. Joe for knee or hip replacement can be assured that our skilled and experienced surgeons and clinicians will provide them with the highest levels of patient safety and quality care along with an exceptional experience."

Most patients resume normal activities, such as walking, driving and shopping, in less than three weeks after surgery, and more than 90 percent go home rather than to a rehabilitation or extended-care facility.

This recognition coincides with SJMO receiving the Joint Replacement Excellence Award ™ and Orthopedic Excellence Award ™ by an independent national ratings organization.  These awards recognize hospitals for superior outcomes in hip and knee replacement, hip fracture treatment and spine surgery.  This means that patients who have surgery at St. Joe have a lower risk of complications and death.

SJMO has won local and national awards and recognition for its orthopedics program and Joint Care Center, among them:

  • Designation as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Knee, Hip and Spine Surgery
  • Designation as an Aetna Institute of Quality for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery 
  • Five-Star Rating for Excellence in Joint Replacement and Orthopedic Surgery as rated by an independent health care ratings organization.

SJMO patient outcomes are higher than national averages, and the hospital's Joint Care Center, which is a model for orthopedic programs around the U.S., provides a comprehensive and personalized program for patients undergoing elective surgery for total knee or hip replacement.  Recognized for quality, patient safety and cost-efficiency, SJMO's orthopedics program takes a multidisciplinary approach, focusing on seamless care from hospital to home.

In addition to hip and knee replacement, St. Joe's orthopedics program offers:

  • A renowned foot and ankle program
  • Cutting-edge procedures and minimally invasive surgery
  • Renowned rehabilitation program
  • General orthopedics
  • Treatment of hand, wrist and spine disorders and workplace injuries
  • Joint reconstruction and replacement
  • Orthotics and prosthetics services
  • Outpatient procedures
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Round-the-clock acute trauma and emergency care