JFK Receives National Quality Award 
Rhonda Koch 
Saturday, 24 October 2009 
Joint Replacement Excellence Award 
Joint Replacement Excellence Award 

JFK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL has again been ranked in the top 5% in the nation for joint replacement surgery by a new study released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.

In addition to ranking in the top 5% in the nation for joint surgery, JFK Memorial is also 5 star rated for total hip replacement and hip fracture repair and is a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™.   JFK Memorial has been 5-star rated for total knee replacement for 6 years in a row (2005-2010).  The study results, released last week, serve as third party validation of the quality of care provided at JFK Memorial Hospital.

Dan Bowers, CEO JFK 

“We are pleased by HealthGrades study results,” states Dan Bowers, CEO at JFK, “although we are not surprised.”  Data released, last quarter, from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, indicates that JFK Memorial Hospital ranks above the national, state and county averages on quality indicators used for measuring clinical core performance in hospitals. “JFK is dedicated to having an orthopedics department among the best in the country.”

Bowers continued, “HealthGrades designation helps us demonstrate that effort.  The contribution of all our hospital staff and physicians makes this recognition possible.  I am extremely proud of the hard work and our performance in providing quality of patient care.”

The new 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings were posted at www.healthgrades.com, HealthGrades’ public Web site.

 As part of our commitment to improving quality of patient care at our hospital, we participate in several national programs and initiatives organized by independent, third-party agencies to which we voluntarily report clinical outcomes data.  Commitment to Quality, for JFK, is designed to enhance the overall quality, control and productivity of our care delivery process. It introduces a series of targeted initiatives in the areas of quality of care and patient safety, nursing practice, medical staff governance and other important areas related to patient care. Demonstration of our commitment may be seen in the pursuit and delivery of new technology in surgical services to the other end of the spectrum, offering personalized hospital tours to patients considering surgery.