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National Study: Memorial Hermann Hospitals Named America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Stroke and Critical Care

HOUSTON, TX (December06, 2013)

Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Approximately 4,500 Hospitals Finds Memorial Hermann among the Best Nationally


Memorial Hermann released today that five of its hospitals have been recognized by Healthgrades as America’s 100 Best hospitals in four areas of care.  Collectively, Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital were recognized as a top 100 hospital for orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and critical care.  Additionally, for the third year in a row (2012-2014), Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center was recognized as a top 100 hospital for stroke care. 

Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure.

The achievement is part of findings released recently in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes.

"We couldn’t be more pleased that our hospitals have again been recognized for providing high-quality and safe care,” said M. Michael Shabot, System Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann.  “Our goal is zero harm  to  our patients. These Healthgrades awards are continued evidence we are making great progress in this mission." 

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and the aforementioned hospitals also were recognized with 5 star ratings in several common conditions and procedures.  A 5 star rating indicates the care provided to a patient is statistically better than expected. 

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

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