North Arkansas Regional Medical Center (NARMC) is proud to announce that it has achieved 5 stars for its performance in total knee replacement from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This achievement is part of new findings and data released recently by Healthgrades and featured in the Healthgrades 2018 Report. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*
The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 219,568 lives could potentially have been saved and 164,454 complications could potentially have been avoided.**
A 5-star rating indicates that North Arkansas Regional Medical Center’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
From 2014-2016, patients treated for total knee replacement in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average 67.8% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1-star.* Similarly, patients treated for total knee replacement in hospitals receiving a 1-star are, on average 3.1 times more likely to experience one or more complications than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars.*
“This honor confirms the quality of care individuals receive at NARMC,” said Vince Leist, NARMC CEO. “Every person on the NARMC team is committed to our core values of safety, quality, integrity and community and the Healthgrades rankings reflect that commitment. Although we are not surprised by the 5 stars, we are extremely pleased with the ranking because we believes it reflects the fact that patients can receive the best of care, close to home. ”
“In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving high-quality outcomes is fundamental,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Because consumers place such value on this information, hospitals that achieve five stars for total knee replacement stand out in their marketplace.”
*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluate outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 17 states. 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 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.
Located in Harrison, Arkansas, NARMC is a 174-bed hospital and medical system with a team of 800 dedicated healthcare professionals. The medical center is committed to providing the best in care, close to home for residents of Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Carroll counties. One of the Top 100 rural hospitals according to The Rural Health Policy Institute, NARMC has numerous 5-star ratings from Healthgrade and scores in the 98th percentile for patient satisfaction in the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Ratings.