Hill Country Memorial Recognized for excellence in Joint Replacement Care:

For the Seventh Consecutive Year

Hill Country Memorial (HCM) has received the Healthgrades 2020 Joint Replacement Excellence Award for the seventh consecutive year. The award recognizes HCM in the nation’s top 10% for joint replacement, according to a national report by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. HCM is the only hospital in Central Texas to earn the recognition.

Healthgrades annually evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data and all-payer data from 15 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.*

HCM’s achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital executives. Variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. Healthgrades compared the 2020 Joint Replacement Excellence Award recipients as a group to all other hospitals and found:

    • Patients receiving joint replacement, on average, have a 7% lower risk of experiencing complications at hospitals that received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, versus hospitals that did not receive the award. *

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in joint replacement should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as it underscores our commitment to providing our patients with the highest level of care,” said HCM CEO Jayne Pope. “Our team strives daily to ensure we are delivering care that is unmatched in quality and safety.”    

HCM was also recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements:

    • Outstanding Patient Experience Award for three consecutive years (2017-2019)
    • 5-Star for Total Knee Replacement for eight consecutive years (2013-2020)
    • 5-Star for Hip Fracture Treatment for nine consecutive years (2012-2020)
    • 5-Star for Colorectal Surgeries for two consecutive years (2019-2020)
    • 5-Star for Treatment of Sepsis for four consecutive years (2017-2020)

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Bowman. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found here: https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/

Hill Country Memorial is a health care organization in the heart of the Texas Hill Country that has gained a reputation for delivering remarkable care. Hill Country Memorial was founded in Fredericksburg, Texas in 1971. Today, the organization serves the communities of a 13-county region and includes a hospital, wellness center, medical offices, immediate care clinics and a host of other specialties. Learn more about Hill Country Memorial at www.hillcountrymemorial.org.