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No Mayo? No HSS? Healthgrades Ortho Excellence (?) Awards Announced

Courtesy: Healthgrades, Mayo Clinic, HSS, Midwest Orthopaedics, Keck Medicine and Texas Back Institute

No Mayo Clinic? No HSS? No NYU? No Keck USC? No Rush? No TBI? No Rothman? Why weren’t the major academic centers of excellence in orthopedic and spine care on the Healthgrades annual Excellence in Orthopedics Award list?

Healthgrades Operating Company Inc., a company that provides information on U.S. health care providers, has released its 2022 specialty excellence awards for orthopedic surgery.

The Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ recognizes “hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes in back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement, and total knee replacement.”

According to Healthgrades, the award-winning hospitals were evaluated in four of the five most commonly performed orthopedic procedures (back and neck surgery, spinal fusion, hip fracture treatment, hip replacement and total knee replacement) using MedPAR (Medicare Provider Analysis and Review) data, which includes rates of complications.

Healthgrades than calculates a “volume-weighted average z-score for the combination of the joint replacement procedures (both are required) and for the combination of spinal fusion and back and neck surgeries (only one is required).” The company also calculates a z-score for hip fracture treatment.

Finally, according to Healthgrades, the score used to determine which hospital would be granted this excellence in orthopedic care award is an “evenly weighted average of the joint replacement z-score, the combined back and neck z-score, and the hip fracture z-score.”

Which hospitals received the highest Healthgrades scores in the United States? Here is the list, organized by state.


  • Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital (Phenix City)
  • Riverview Regional Medical Center (Gadsden)


  • HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center
  • HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center


  • Clovis Community Medical Center
  • Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (San Jose)
  • Kaiser Permanente Orange County - Anaheim Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
  • Los Robles Regional Medical Center (Thousand Oaks)
  • Memorial Medical Center (Modesto)
  • Palomar Medical Center Escondido
  • Redlands Community Hospital
  • Riverside Community Hospital
  • Saint Agnes Medical Center (Fresno)
  • Saint Vincent Medical Center (Los Angeles)
  • Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla)
  • Jude Medical Center (Fullerton)
  • Washington Hospital (Fremont)
  • West Hills Hospital & Medical Center


  • Foothills Hospital (Boulder)
  • Penrose St. Francis Health Services (Colorado Springs)
  • Poudre Valley Hospital (Fort Collins)
  • Sky Ridge Medical Center (Lone Tree)


  • AdventHealth Orlando
  • Ascension Sacred Heart Bay (Panama City)
  • Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast (Miramar Beach)
  • Ascension St. Vincent's Southside Hospital (Jacksonville)
  • Aventura Hospital & Medical Center
  • Bethesda Hospital East (Boynton Beach)
  • Blake Medical Center (Bradenton)
  • Brandon Regional Hospital
  • Capital Regional Medical Center (Tallahassee)
  • Coral Gables Hospital
  • Doctors Hospital of Sarasota
  • Fawcett Memorial Hospital (Port Charlotte)
  • Flagler Hospital (Saint Augustine)
  • Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Hospital (Fort Lauderdale)
  • Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami)
  • JFK Medical Center (Atlantis)
  • Kendall Regional Medical Center (Miami)
  • Medical Center of Trinity
  • North Florida Regional Medical Center (Gainesville)
  • Oak Hill Hospital (Brooksville)
  • Ocala Regional Medical Center
  • Osceola Regional Medical Center (Kissimmee)
  • Plantation General Hospital
  • Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point (Hudson)
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital
  • Lucie Medical Center (Port Saint Lucie)


  • Coliseum Northside Hospital (Macon)
  • Doctors Hospital (Augusta)
  • Piedmont Columbus Regional Northside
  • Joseph's Hospital (Savannah)


  • AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago
  • Memorial Medical Center (Springfield)


  • Lutheran Health Network — The Orthopedic Hospital (Fort Wayne)


  • Providence Medical Center (Kansas City)


  • Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital


  • Anne Arundel Medical Center (Annapolis)
  • Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital (Baltimore)
  • Doctors Community Hospital (Lanham)
  • Frederick Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (Baltimore)
  • Mercy Medical Center (Baltimore)
  • Northwest Hospital Center (Randallstown)
  • Tidalhealth Peninsula Regional (Salisbury)
  • UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center (Glen Burnie)
  • UM Shore Regional Health (Easton)
  • UM St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson)
  • UPMC Western Maryland (Cumberland)


  • Beaumont Hospital Trenton
  • Garden City Hospital
  • Holland Hospital
  • McLaren Greater Lansing
  • Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital


  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis)
  • Mercy Hospital (Coon Rapids)
  • United Hospital (Saint Paul)


  • Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (Jackson)


  • Capital Region Medical Center (Jefferson City)
  • Centerpoint Medical Center (Independence)
  • Hannibal Regional Hospital
  • Joseph Medical Center (Kansas City)


  • Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center (Reno)

New Jersey

  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City Campus

New York

  • Maimonides Medical Center (New York City)
  • Mount Sinai South Nassau (Oceanside)
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital (Binghamton)
  • Saint Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse)


  • Kettering Medical Center


  • Community Hospital (Oklahoma City)
  • McBride Orthopedic Hospital (Oklahoma City)


  • Chambersburg Hospital
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Mary Medical Center (Langhorne)
  • UPMC St. Margaret (Pittsburgh)

South Carolina

  • Grand Strand Medical Center (Myrtle Beach)
  • Hilton Head Regional Medical Center (Hilton Head Island)
  • Francis Downtown (Greenville)


  • Bristol Regional Medical Center
  • Maury Regional Medical Center (Columbia)
  • Tennova Healthcare North Knoxville Medical Center (Powell)
  • Tristar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville)
  • Tristar Summit Medical Center (Hermitage)
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville)


  • Christus Southeast Texas — Saint Elizabeth (Beaumont)
  • Corpus Christi Medical Center — Bay Area
  • Harlingen Medical Center
  • Kell West Regional Hospital (Wichita Falls)
  • Knapp Medical Center (Wescalo)
  • Medical City Children's Hospital (Dallas)
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center
  • Midland Memorial Hospital
  • Paris Regional Medical Center
  • David's Medical Center (Austin)
  • Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston)


  • McKay-Dee Hospital (Ogden)
  • Mountain View Hospital (Payson)
  • George Regional Hospital - River Road
  • Mark's Hospital (Salt Lake City)


  • Chippenham Hospital (Richmond)
  • Henrico Doctors' Hospital (Richmond)
  • Lewisgale Medical Center (Salem)
  • Reston Hospital Center


  • Cabell Huntington Hospital
  • Mary's Medical Center (Huntington)


  • Bellin Memorial Hospital (Green Bay)

OTW reached out to Healthgrades to inquire as to why so many hospitals that we thought should be on their list did not make the cut (for example, Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NYU Langone Center in New York, Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and Rothman Institute in Pennsylvania). We had not received a response by time of publication.


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