October 25, 2011 - HealthGrades Names Selby General Hospital a Recipient of the 5-Star Rating for Joint Replacement for Two Consecutive Years (2011-2012)

A report released today by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named Selby General Hospital a recipient of the five star rating for joint replacement for two consecutive years (2011-2012). Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades report found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to one-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals in Columbus, Ohio can be found online at

Some additional recognition for Selby General Hospital:

• Ranked Number Four in Ohio for Joint Replacement in 2012
• Ranked Among the Top 10 in Ohio for Joint Replacement for Two Years in a Row (2011-2012)
• Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement for Two Years in a Row (2011-2012)

“The fact that Selby General Hospital has received these unsolicited awards using statistical, third-party data is a source of great pride for us and is a reflection of the dedication of our staff and physicians who provide continuity of care during the patient’s stay,” says Selby General Hospital CEO Steve Smith.

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Selby General Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Marietta, Ohio area.”

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

• Patients had, on average a 73 percent lower risk of dying in a five-star rated hospital compared to a one-star rated hospital, and a 54 percent lower risk of dying in a five-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
• Patients, on average, were 63 percent less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at one-star programs, and had a 43 percent lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.
• If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at five-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.
• If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to five-star hospitals for their procedure, 164,472 in-hospital complications could have potentially been avoided.

About Selby General Hospital
Selby General Hospital is a 25 bed critical care access hospital with a special focus on orthopedic surgery. The hospital has been providing osteopathic health care in the Mid-Ohio Valley for over 75 years. It is a member of the Memorial Health System.

About HealthGrades
HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.

The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for the health needs of our communities in the future.
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