For eight years, Columbia resident Ginger Riddle lived with the constant pain of osteoarthritis. After having two hips replaced at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, Riddle is now pain-free and enjoying an active lifestyle. When she learned the hospital had been named “Best in the Midlands” for joint replacements by HealthGrades, it confirmed what she already knew.
“Newberry Hospital is the best. I wouldn’t go anywhere else,” says Riddle, a professor at Newberry College.
In addition to being the Best Hospital in the Midlands for joint replacements – a region that includes Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, and Saluda counties – and receiving a five star rating from HealthGrades, Newberry Hospital is also ranked third best hospital for joint replacements in South Carolina.
HealthGrades, America’s most trusted, independent source of hospital quality outcome data, compiled the rankings. HealthGrades’ reviews the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals and ranks them on patient death and complication rates by procedure. Each year, more than 100 million consumers use HealthGrades’ findings to make informed decisions on hospitals and physicians.
Newberry Hospital CEO Ron Vigus says the number one ranking in the Midlands reflects the hard work and dedication of the hospital and its medical staff.
“Our efforts to be the best, safest hospital we can be have been rewarded with this recognition. Patients needing a hip or knee replacement should be confident making Palmetto Bone and Joint and Newberry Hospital their first choice for care.”
The HealthGrades ranking comes on the heels of Newberry Hospital consistently placing among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for quality patient care based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Care Measures. The hospital also boasts an infection rate that’s near zero.
Newberry Hospital has focused on elevating its hip and knee replacement program to provide patients with the best outcomes possible. Joint replacement surgery is performed by the board-certified orthopedic surgeons of Palmetto Bone & Joint, who are located in Newberry. Patients undergoing joint replacement surgery are encouraged to participate in the hospital’s Back on Track program that teaches them what to expect before, during and after surgery.
Newberry Hospital’s inpatient and outpatient physical rehab program helps patients resume normal activities by working with them immediately after surgery and after they are released from the hospital.
Riddle is proof that Newberry Hospital’s joint replacement program if effective. She is back teaching five days a week, walking her dog Possum, and shagging to her favorite song, Carolina Girls.
“I had not danced in more than eight years. Even my surgeon can’t believe it,” Riddle smiles.
Riddle and local resident Ty Senn will be featured in upcoming television, print and radio ads telling their stories about orthopedic surgery at Newberry Hospital in March.
To learn more about the physicians of Palmetto Bone and Joint and the surgical program at Newberry Hospital, check out www.NewberryHospital.org