Memorial Recognized By Centers For Medicare And Medicaid

1 Of 97 Best In Country For Hip And Knee Replacements

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) named Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga one of the 97 best hospitals in the country for hip and knee replacements.

To determine rankings, the CMS study looked at the number of times patients were readmitted to a hospital within 30 days of discharge and how often patients suffered serious complications after surgery. Memorial Hospital ranked “above average” in low readmission rates. Overall, 95% of hospitals nationally were rated “average.”

Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center offers total or partial joint replacement by the best surgical, nursing and rehabilitation staff in the region. Many of the orthopedic surgeons on staff at Memorial are fellowship-trained and highly experienced, having performed 1,762 hip and knee replacements annually at Memorial Hospital. Patients having hip and knee replacement at Memorial receive a broad spectrum of care before, during and after their procedure, including a personalized rehabilitation program, resulting in exceptional outcomes.

Memorial’s Joint Replacement Center patients are invited to participate in a progressive rehabilitation program, designed to get patients active and self-sufficient as soon as possible. In order to ensure the best results, patients receive personalized physical and occupational therapy services designed to fit their individual needs.

"At a time when there is so much attention on healthcare cost and quality, our community can find comfort in knowing that the highly trained physicians and staff at Memorial are working as a team to achieve better outcomes at a lower cost. The result is a top quality health care system for our community," said Timothy Ballard, M.D., orthopedic surgeon.

Memorial Hospital was the only facility in Chattanooga included in the 97 best hospitals list, and one out of two in the entire state of Tennessee.

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