Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center has been named Oregon's top overall orthopedic services hospital by HealthGrades, an independent physician information and hospital ratings organization.
RRMC also was ranked among the Top 100 orthopedic surgery and joint replacement hospitals in the nation. Asante will formally announce its award today.
The accolade is the latest in a run for the hospital and reflects a long-term effort, said Scott Kelly, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center's chief executive officer. "The plaque on the wall is nice, it's the icing on the cake," Kelly said. "It's great to be recognized, but what is important to me as CEO and the organization is the validation for what we do every day. The physicians, nurses, physical therapists — the entire team — has validation for the kind of care we've provided for a long time."
Beyond that, Kelly said, is the ability to keep patients in Southern Oregon, who are apt to travel north thinking there are better care opportunities in Portland.
"We're proud that we're No. 1 in the state of Oregon," Kelly said. "There's a mentality that you have to go to Portland to get the best health care. The reality is that people can come here from Portland to get the best health care. For us, that's the key."
HealthGrades ranks hospitals with stars, with a five-star facility topping the list. The organization found that patients treated at five-star hospitals experienced 73 percent lower risk of death and 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to single-star hospitals.
"Patients want to know you have an outstanding program," Kelly said.
Rogue Regional earned HealthGrades' Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award; Joint Replacement Excellence Award — for the second-straight year — and was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for overall orthopedic services and joint replacement. The hospital was No. 1 in joint replacement and No. 8 in spine surgery for the state.
Asante recently launched an effort to attract new physicians to the Rogue Valley. "This doesn't hurt," Kelly said. "When physicians are thinking about where they will practice, a No. 1 ranking in the state and being one among the 100 best in the country can probably impact that.
"Things like this get us on the radar. It's not the only thing someone would look at, but it matters, too."
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