Overlake Named Among 100 Best Hospitals in Nation for Joint Replacement in 2020 by Healthgrades

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Bellevue, Wash. – Overlake Medical Center today announced that for the second year in a row, it has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement (2019, 2020) by Healthgrades, which includes total knee and total hip replacements. 

In achieving the Excellence Award in Bariatric Surgery for 2020, Overlake is the only hospital in the state of Washington to have done so four years in a row. Recently, Overlake became the only hospital in the state to achieve Gynecological Surgery Excellence, and the only one in Seattle-Bellevue-Everett to achieve Patient Safety Excellence.

Additionally, Overlake is a Five-Star recipient in the following clinical categories:

  • Cardiac: Coronary Bypass Surgery (2019, 2020).
  • Gastrointestinal: Colorectal Surgeries (2020), Treatment of Bowel Obstruction (2019-2020).
  • Neurosciences: Treatment of Stroke (2016-2020).
  • Orthopedics: Total Hip Replacement (2012-2020), Total Knee Replacement (2016-2020).
  • Pulmonary: Treatment of Pneumonia (2017-2020).
  • Vascular: Carotid Procedures (2020), Peripheral Vascular Bypass (2018-2020).

“Overlake takes great pride in these achievements as they each reflect total dedication from every clinician and staff member to providing superior patient care,” said Overlake Chief Medical Officer David Knoepfler, MD. “To be recognized again this year as a top 100 hospital nationwide for joint replacement demonstrates our commitment to getting patients back to their desired activities with improved function and mobility.”

The most common reasons for hip and knee replacement surgery are to relieve severe pain caused by osteoarthritis and optimize function. More commonly known as wear-and-tear arthritis, the condition results in mobility challenges such as walking and climbing stairs, as well as referred pain in other parts of the body. 

Roughly 1,400 patients undergo total joint replacement surgeries each year at Overlake. Robust pre-operation education includes information about fall risk, infection prevention and customized rehabilitation programs. These programs, along with average hospital stays for both surgeries of 1.5 days, have resulted in lower readmissions and improved outcomes. 

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide. Hospital performance is assessed in 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. Healthgrades’ online resources offer consumers impartial data upon which to base their make their healthcare decisions.

For the complete Healthgrades’ 2020 report and methodology, please visit healthgrades.com/quality.