Passavant Area Hospital is a five-star hospital for joint replacement, total knee replacement, hip fracture treatment, and cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) according to a new report from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates how approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide performed on risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for nearly 30 of the most common conditions treated and procedures performed from 2009 through 2011. 

“Our exceptional ratings are reflective of the consistently high standard of care we provide at Passavant. Our orthopaedic surgeons, general surgeons, and staff are honored to receive this award,” said Chester A. Wynn, President & CEO. “This recognition is of even greater importance when it comes to consumer awareness,” he added.

“The Healthgrades rating of top ten in the state is impressive. It means were doing lots of things right. The ratings show that our staff truly cares about the outcomes for our patients,” said Darr Leutz, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon. “We’ve known this for a long time. This just proves it.” Barry Werries, M.D., also an orthopaedic surgeon, added, “The operating room staff at Passavant Hospital is top notch and second to none. They are definitely the best at what they do.”

Hospital outcomes and complication rates are important in the eyes of consumers making choices today about their healthcare. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 90 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time their chances of complications for a certain procedure.

According to the 2013 Healthgrades Report to the Nation, patients being treated at a five-star hospital have, on average, a 61 percent lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication than if they were treated at a one-star hospital (based on 2009-2011 data across nine common procedures and diagnoses such as total knee replacement, gallbladder, and spine surgeries). Additionally, 183,534 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided if all hospitals performed at a five-star level.  

The 2013 Healthgrades hospital quality outcomes were posted today and are free to the public at

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. Healthgrades risk adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thereby taking into account how sick patients are upon admission.

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, is available here.