In Northern Virginia, Mary Washington Hospital Tops in Total Joint Replacement Outcomes
In December 2015, a Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association evaluation
of Virginia hospitals on patient readmission rates after total joint replacement
revealed that Mary Washington Hospital had the highest percentage of positive
patient outcomes in Northern Virginia, and ranked in the top three statewide.
The VHHA study used measures and methodology developed by the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services, which contracted with a team of clinical
and statistical experts from Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center
for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.
After total joint replacement surgery, MWH’s ratio of predicted to
expected readmission was less than one percent when compared to average
readmission rates of all Virginia hospitals surveyed. The infrequency
of readmissions reflects our commitment to maintaining the highest standards
for cleanliness, clinical knowledge, surgical expertise, nursing care,
and state-of-the-art technology.
MWH’s superior rate of successful outcomes may be attributed in part
to providing patients with detailed instructions on how to avoid readmission
using written materials from the Speak Up program developed by The Joint
Commission. These include not only suggested behaviors, but also explain
expectations for hospital discharge as well as other available services,
such as rehabilitation, home care, community programs, and skilled nursing care.
Patients who have total joint replacements at Mary Washington Hospital
may do so with confidence that they will receive guidance every step of
the way to recovery and resumption of daily activities.