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Medicare Names Southwest General one of the Nation’s 97 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacements

Caroline Fienga
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Medicare Names Southwest General one of the Nation’s 97 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacements

Middleburg Heights, OH (Friday, Dec. 20, 2013) – Recently, Southwest General was the ONLY Cuyahoga County hospital to be named to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) list of the 97 health care facilities where patients tended to have the lowest rate of complications following joint replacement surgery.

The analysis, according to Kaiser Health News, is the latest part of the government’s push to improve quality at the nation’s hospitals instead of simply paying Medicare patients’ bills. Additionally, Medicare already assesses hospital death rates, how consistently hospitals follow basic medical guidelines and how patients rate their stays. This particular evaluation is significantly important as it is the first time Medicare is rating hospitals’ performance on two common elective procedures. 

For its evaluation, Medicare determined how often these patients were readmitted within 30 days of discharge and how often they suffered one of the following eight complications post-surgery:

  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Surgical site bleeding
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Mechanical complication
  • Joint infection within 90 days of surgery
  • Death during admission or within 30 days

“This is a tremendous validation that the surgical care provided to our orthopedic patients at Southwest General is of the highest quality,” said Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, president and CEO, Southwest General. “Patients play a significant role in choosing their provider of care. This is an important tool to help assist them with choosing the orthopedic surgery program that will provide the optimal outcome for their procedure.”

According to Medicare’s list findings, about 95 percent of U.S. hospitals were considered average. Patients at an average hospital have a 5.4 percent chance of being readmitted and a 3.4 percent chance of suffering a complication. Medicare published the data on its Hospital Compare website. For a complete listing of the hospitals, visit this Kaiser Health News Link.

For more information on Medicare’s study, or to schedule an interview with Southwest General’s president and CEO, Thomas Selden, contact Caroline Fienga, media specialist, at 216-299-7727 or   

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Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For news highlights, events and additional information, our Home Page or visit us on Facebook