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Becker’s Recognizes Emory Healthcare as Top Performer in Orthopedics

ortho-story-squareEmory Healthcare’s orthopedic programs received top recognition in two nationwide lists released this Fall in Becker’s Hospital Review.

In its annual list, “100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs 2016,” Becker’s named Emory among the national leaders in orthopedic care. Specifically, Becker’s recognized Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The only other hospital in Georgia to make the list was University Hospital in Augusta, Ga.

To develop the list, the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team examined several rankings and awards for orthopedic care, including U.S. News & World Report, Joint Commission certification and Magnet nursing accreditation.

In a separate list, Becker’s recognized Emory University Hospital, which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, as one of 36 hospitals in the U.S. to have the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery. The list is based on data supplied by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

All the hospitals on the list have a readmission rate for hip and knee replacement of 3.4 or lower. The national average readmission rate for those procedures is 4.6. Emory’s rate was 3.4.

“For nearly a decade our team has worked diligently to implement a patient- and family-centered care model, a culture of safety, and a commitment to continuous quality improvement,” said Scott D. Boden, MD, the Director of the Musculoskeletal Center and CMO/CQO of the Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. “It’s rewarding to see these efforts on behalf of our patients now recognized on a national platform.”

Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital receives Magnet® designation for superior nursing practices

magnet_220Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH) has achieved Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. With EUOSH’s achievement, Emory Healthcare is the only health system in Georgia with three Magnet-designated hospitals. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has been recognized as a Magnet hospital since 1995, and Emory University Hospital received its Magnet designation in 2014.

ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® is the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes. Only 444 health care organizations around the globe have achieved Magnet recognition. In Georgia, only four other hospitals, in addition to the three Emory hospitals, have been designated Magnet facilities.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure quality of patient care,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, MD, president, CEO and chairman of the board for Emory Healthcare. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces a culture of excellence by our team of nurses, physicians and support staff, who are committed to providing the very best care to our patients and their families.”

To achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an electronic application, written patient care documentation, an on-site visit and a review by the Commission on Magnet Recognition.

“The on-site visit gave the EUOSH team the opportunity to answer questions and showcase our teamwork in action,” says June Connor, RN, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer at EUOSH, and interim chief nursing executive for Emory Healthcare. “The appraisers were truly impressed with the work of our teams and appreciated the participation and cooperation of the staff, physicians and nurses whom they encountered. Our Magnet designation validates that our teams are on the right path to continued success.”

Achieving Magnet status has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality
  • Lower failure to rescue rates
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses
  • Lower nurse vacancy and turnover rates.

“As we often say, Magnet is a journey, not a destination,” says Bryce Gartland, MD, CEO of Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Wesley Woods Hospital. “This designation validates our superior nursing practices and outcomes. Congratulations and thank you to our nurses, physicians and support teams who have worked tirelessly to achieve this recognition.”

Because Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence, it is a factor when health care organizations are ranked nationally for their clinical programs and expertise. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

A hospital’s Magnet designation lasts for four years, then hospitals must reapply for designation.

To find a list of all Magnet-designated hospitals, access this link: