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Black Hills Surgical Hospital Recognized for Orthopedics

Nov 20, 2015 12:16PM ● By MED Magazine

Orthopedic care at Black Hills Surgical Hospital (BHSH) is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by risk-adjusted complications, according to this year’s evaluation from Healthgrades.


Every year Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. As a result of this ranking, BHSH has again received the 5-star designation for orthopedics.


The achievement is part of findings in the Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals both nationally and regionally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2012 through 2014, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5 stars as a group, on average 222,392 lives could potentially have been saved and 166,086 complications could potentially have been avoided.


A 5-star rating indicates that Black Hills Surgical Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated. Black Hills Surgical Hospital not only performs at a 5-star level in Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement, it outperforms other hospitals in the nation in Joint Replacement and as a result has been recognized with the 2016 Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™.


“We strive to provide excellence at every level in both clinical care and service, and we are committed to our patients’ needs,” said William A. May, Black Hills Surgical Hospital CEO. “Our mission is to deliver exceptional care and service to deliver the best outcomes for our patients.”


“The Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation reveals striking disparities in quality at the local level, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand differences in outcomes performance at alternative hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care.”


The complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements, and detailed study methodology, can be found at

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