Mercy Regional Medical Center Again Recognized Among the Nations Top 100 Hospitals for Spine Surgery

Mercy Receives Healthgrades Top 100 recognition for second consecutive year

Durango, Colo. The spine surgery program at Mercy Regional Medical Center was recognized with a Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award, ranking it among the top 100 hospitals in the nation according to a recently released report from Healthgrades. According to Healthgrades, patients at award hospitals have fewer complications and are more likely to survive their hospital stay.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare, and connect with physicians and hospitals. The report, American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions from 2010 through 2012.

The report highlights the disparity in hospital performance for specific conditions and procedures and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided. A 5-star rating indicates that a hospitals clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

According to Healthgrades, Mercy performs at a high level in several areas related to spine surgery and has received five-star ratings from Healthgrades in the following areas: spine surgery (2012 and 2013); spine surgery- spinal fusion (2014); spine surgery--except spinal fusion (2013). Mercy also was ranked by Healthgrades #1 in Colorado for spine surgery in 2012 and 2013.

Mercys Spine Center of Excellence is a unique program that involves collaboration by physicians, surgical teams, nursing staff, physical therapists, other hospital staff, and most importantly, the patient. We are very focused on tracking quality in terms of patient safety, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction. A broad range of caregivers are all dedicated to one thing: providing the best possible care to our patients, said Mercy CEO Tom Gessel.

As American policy-makers focus more intently on ways to lower healthcare costs and improve quality, patients are being asked to assume more responsibility for their healthcare decisions from selection of their health plan to the associated network of physicians and hospitals, said Evan Marks, EVP, Strategy and Informatics, Healthgrades. Since all hospitals do not perform equally in all procedures, patients can have confidence that by selecting physicians associated with a hospital with a 5-star rating, patients are more likely to experience better health outcomes, and reduce costs.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at

About Mercy Regional Medical Center

Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. See for more information.

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