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St. Mary's gets high marks in spine surgery rankings

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 07:38 AM

HUNTINGTON — St. Mary’s Medical Center has been ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for spine surgery, according to HealthGrades, a national independent hospital quality ratings organization.

The hospital was named one of HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery for the second year in a row. The hospital also received top ratings in orthopedic services, hip fracture treatment and spine and neck surgery.

“We are proud of the excellence in patient care at St. Mary’s Medical Center and the dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff is certainly reflected in the most recent findings by HealthGrades,” said Michael Sellards, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

St. Mary’s neurosurgeons Drs. David Weinsweig, Panos Ignatiadis and Matt Werthammer perform spinal surgeries at the hospital.

Other 2013 HealthGrades rating for St. Mary’s include:

n Recipient of the HealthGrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award for three years in a row.

n Recipient of the HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award for two years in a row.

n Ranked Among the top 5 percent in the nation for spine surgery for two years in a row.

n Ranked Among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic services for three years in a row.

n Ranked No. 1 in West Virginia for spine surgery for four years in a row.

n Ranked among the top five in West Virginia for overall orthopedic services for four years in a row (ranked second in 2013).

n Ranked among the top five in West Virginia for spine surgery for four years in a row (ranked first in 2013).

n Five-Star Recipient for overall orthopedic services for three years in a row.

n Five-Star Recipient for spine surgery for four years in a row.

n Five-Star Recipient for hip fracture treatment for three years in a row.

n Five-Star Recipient for back and neck surgery (except spinal fusion) for four years in a row.

n Five-Star Recipient for back and neck surgery (spinal fusion) for two years in a row.

According to HealthGrades, patients being treated at a five-star hospital have, on average, a 61 percent lower risk of experiencing an in-hospital complication than if they were treated at a one-star hospital.

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