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RRMC receives outpatient joint replacement excellence award, named top 10% of U.S. hospitals

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced Feb. 15 that it has been recognized as a 2024 Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award recipient by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This achievement along with their 5-Star in Outpatient Total Hip Replacement reflects the organization’s dedication to clinical excellence and distinguishes Rutland Regional Medical Center as one of the nation’s leading hospitals for outpatient joint replacement. Rutland Regional is also the only hospital in Vermont and New Hampshire to receive the Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award distinction.

“Rutland Regional has some of the best orthopedic surgeons in the region who are backed by a solid team of anesthesiologist, nurses and support staff,” said Judi Fox, president and CEO of RRMC. “At every interaction the patient is provided the highest level of expertise and care.”

To identify the top-performing hospitals for outpatient joint replacement, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes at short-term acute care facilities nationwide that offer knee and hip replacement in an outpatient environment. Healthgrades’ analysis found that patients treated at hospitals that have been recognized for excellence in outpatient joint replacement have a demonstrably better chance at a smooth recovery than those treated at hospitals that were not recognized by Healthgrades. In fact, between 2020 and 2022, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Outpatient Joint Replacement Excellence Award had, on average, a 37.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated at hospitals that did not receive the award.

“Rutland Regional Medical Center exemplifies what it means to be a leader in outpatient orthopedics by delivering consistently superior outcomes across key outpatient procedures,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer, and head of data science at Healthgrades. “Patients undergoing outpatient joint replacement at Rutland Regional Medical Center should feel confident in their decision to seek care from a facility with top marks in their procedure.”

Rutland Regional’s orthopedic surgeons, OR staff, anesthesiologists, schedulers, follow-up care nurses, and rehabilitation services have worked together to continuously improve processes and procedures at every level in order to make outpatient joint surgery seamless and effective.

“The Healthgrades recognition for outpatient joint replacement provides strong reinforcement that the work we are doing improves patient outcomes,” said Dr. Mel Boynton, medical director of the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic at Rutland Regional Medical Center. “Our patients are at the center of everything we do, and improved patient outcomes is our most important measurement of success.”

Healthgrades offers the industry’s only outcomes-based outpatient ratings to help patients identify the best care for their needs. Consumers can visit Healthgrades.com to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality.

Rutland Regional Medical Center is the largest community hospital in Vermont, with approximately 1,700 employees and a medical staff of 256 physicians, nurse practitioners and advanced-practice providers covering 37 specialty areas.

For more information, visit: RRMC.org.

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