Tuesday, April 23, 2024

U.S. News gives thumbs up to Boca Raton Regional

U.S. News and World Report just released its Best Hospitals for Common Care report, which features Boca Raton Regional Hospital as high performing in the areas of heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.

These ratings are based on an analysis of more than 4,500 hospitals in America and focus on five procedures and conditions: heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Hospitals are rated in those areas as high, average or below average performers.

Earning a high performing rating put the Boca Raton hospital into about the top 10 percent of hospitals in the report. It was the only Palm Beach County hospital rated as high performing in at least three categories. Delray Medical Center, which is also on the list, came in with average ratings in all five areas. West Boca Medical Center, in Boca Raton, also scored average rankings in all but heart bypass surgery. (It wasn’t ranked in that category.) Boca Raton Regional had average ratings in COPD and heart bypass care.

“The choice of a hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News, in a press release. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

Common care procedures and conditions account for millions of hospitalizations annually. U.S. News looked at each of the five categories, grading hospitals for death rates, infections, readmissions and operations that need to be repeated, as well as patient satisfaction.

Getting good marks in the areas of heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement procedures could be good news for local folks, given how prevalent these conditions are.

Heart failure happens when the heart still beats but can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs. It is a common or contributing cause of death. Heart failure played a role in one in nine deaths in 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A few stats on the orthopaedic side: Total hip and knee replacement surgeries are soaring, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Total knee replacements more than tripled, and total hip replacements doubled between 1993 and 2009.

Why? Part of the increase in the need for knee joint replacements could be explained by carrying around excess weight. Studies have shown a strong link between being overweight and having knee osteoarthritis, which causes the joint to deteriorate. Studies have not drawn as clear an association between weight and hip osteoarthritis.

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About Lisette

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.

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