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Our performance

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Nationally Recognized Orthopedics program
Our performance speaks for itself.  The orthopedics program at St. Joe has been consistently, nationally recognized for excellence in patient safety and outcomes and patient satisfaction scores are in the top 10 percent in the nation.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center+
In 2013, St. Joe earned the Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center+ in the areas of Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery.  This designation is an expansion of The Blue Distinction Centers of Specialty Care® program, a national award given by Blue Cross Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have delivered expertise in delivering quality specialty care – focused on improved health outcomes, patient safety and cost-efficiency measures.

 Aetna Institutes of Quality®
St. Joe was named as an Aetna Institute of Quality® for Total Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery. This award is for demonstrating excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement and represents an exceptional value to members.



America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) was named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ in 2015 by an independent, leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. SJMO has received this recognition multiple years in a row in addition to its Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™.

Five Star Rating for Excellence* in Joint Replacement and Orthopedic Surgery
The Joint Replacement Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in knee and hip replacement or resurfacing. A patient’s risk of complications and death from knee or hip replacement can be significantly lower at these nationally recognized hospitals.

The Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in spine surgery, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and knee replacement. Patients who choose to have their spine, hip or knee surgery at an Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award hospital have a lower risk of complications compared to poor-performing hospitals.

*As rated by an independent healthcare ratings organization

Delivering Superior Patient Outcomes

St. Joe Joint Care patients spend less time in the hospital than patients in similar programs around the country. Most patients resume normal activities such as walking, driving and shopping in less than three weeks.

A few of the highlights:

  • Over 90 percent of our patients are able to leave the hospital to return home rather than to a rehabilitation or extended care facility.
  • 96 percent of our total knee and hip replacement patients can safely go up and down multiple stairs by themselves after an average of only seven visits by a home care physical therapist.