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Published on October 19, 2021

Cone Health in Top 10% for Joint Replacement

The recognition is one of several from Healthgrades.

Greensboro– Annie Penn Hospital, The Moses H. Cone Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital are among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement surgeries, The Joint Replacement Excellence Award comes from Healthgrades, which compiles quality data on physicians and health systems. The hospitals have received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 5 years in a row (2018-2022).

Hip and knee replacements are among the most common surgeries in the U.S. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information around one million are done every year. “Whether you want to return to cycling or just walk through the park without pain, joint replacement surgeries change people’s lives,” says Dr. Valerie Leschber, chief medical officer, Cone Health. “We work hard to make certain that everything from the physician visit to the end of rehab is done right. That means no infections and no surprises.”

From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the Joint Replacement Specialty Excellence Award™ have, on average, a 61.1% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. *

Cone Health was also recognized with these Five-Star Distinctions from Healthgrades in 2022:

  • Treatment of Heart Failure (8 years in a row {2015-2022})
  • Pacemaker Procedures
  • Total Hip Replacement (6 years in a row {2017-2022})
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Treatment of COPD
  • Repair of Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm
  • Treatment of Sepsis (7 years in a row {2016-2022})

“We want to provide information to make finding a health care specialist an easier experience for consumers. Patients can feel confident knowing that hospitals that are recognized for their performance in Joint Replacement Excellence Award provide high-quality care and superior outcomes,” says Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science, Healthgrades.

Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to rate performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit: