56 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know

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Becker's Hospital Review has named the following hospitals to its list, "56 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know." Physician-owned hospitals are a select breed, with roughly 240 throughout the United States, and the following hospitals were among the highest performers.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected these hospitals based on clinical accolades, quality care, patient satisfaction rankings and other criteria. These hospitals have been recognized for excellence by several sources, including Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades, Delta Group CareChex's 2013 hospital quality ratings and CMS' Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey*, among others. (*References to CMS' HCAHPS survey reflect data last updated by the federal agency in 2011.)

Note: This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers. The following content should be used for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. All hospitals listed have at least partial ownership by a physician(s). Hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list and are presented in alphabetical order.

Animas Surgical Hospital (Durango, Colo.). This 12-bed, multispecialty surgical hospital opened in 2004 as the first physician-owned hospital in Colorado. For the past three years, Animas Surgical Hospital has received the Prostatectomy Excellence Award from HealthGrades, which highlights the hospital's "superior" outcomes in the surgical removal of part or the entire prostate. The five-OR hospital also has the top patient satisfaction scores in the country, as 97 percent of patients gave the hospital a rating of nine or 10 based on the CMS HCAHPS survey.

Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital (Mesa). The 23-bed Arizona Spine & Joint Hospital was established in 2003 to provide a progressive and innovative approach to orthopedics, spine and podiatry. According to HealthGrades' 2013 ratings, the hospital is five-star rated in back and neck surgery, hip replacement and total knee replacement. It also received HealthGrades' Joint Replacement Excellence Award and Spine Surgery Excellence Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Arkansas Heart Hospital (Little Rock). In 1997, MedCath and several leading cardiologists in Arkansas created a partnership, thus forming Arkansas Heart Hospital. When it was established, it was the first heart hospital in Arkansas and only the second heart hospital in the United States. HealthGrades has bestowed numerous awards on Arkansas Heart Hospital, including a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2012 and three straight years of the Coronary Interventional Excellence Award. CareChex also ranked the hospital first in the country for interventional coronary care and fourth in the country for overall cardiac care in 2013.

Arkansas Surgical Hospital (North Little Rock). From 2011 through 2013, the 51-bed Arkansas Surgical Hospital won HealthGrades awards in joint replacement excellence, spine surgery excellence and outstanding patient experience. CareChex also ranked Arkansas Surgical Hospital in the top 50 in the country for overall surgical care quality. The hospital has 14 physician owners in a variety of specialties, including orthopedic surgery, anesthesia and interventional pain management.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, Wis). Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic, the largest physician-owned specialty clinic in northeast Wisconsin. The 167-bed hospital is five-star rated in 14 different specialty procedures, including angioplasty and neurosurgery, according to HealthGrades. Aurora BayCare Medical Center also won 11 different HealthGrades excellence awards in the past three years — ranging from gastrointestinal surgery excellence to outstanding patient experience. U.S. News & World Report also ranked Aurora BayCare the best hospital in northeast Wisconsin for 2012-2013.

Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota (Sioux Falls). The Avera Heart Hospital, the region's first and only hospital dedicated solely to the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, is one of the top cardiac specialty hospitals in the country. According to data from CMS' Hospital Compare database, the 55-bed Avera Heart Hospital is ranked 32nd among all hospitals in the nation for lowest 30-day readmission rates for heart attack patients. HealthGrades rated Avera Heart Hospital as one of the 100 best specialty care hospitals for cardiac care and cardiac surgery in each of the past three years.

Black Hills Surgical Hospital (Rapid City, S.D.). Black Hills Surgical Hospital opened its doors in January 1997 with only two operating rooms, four overnight suites and 35 employees. Currently, the 26-bed hospital has seven ORs, 26 private suites and roughly 300 employees. In 2011, HealthGrades awarded Black Hills Surgical Hospital with a Spine Surgery Excellence Award, and CareChex recently ranked it in the top 200 hospitals across the country for quality care in spinal surgery, spinal fusion, major orthopedic surgery and joint replacement.

Charleston (W.Va.) Surgical Hospital. Charleston Surgical Hospital is a 35-bed hospital that originally started as Shepherd Hospital in 1926. In 1967, five physicians then built the Eye and Ear Clinic of Charleston. Samuel Strickland, MD, a retired ophthalmologist, helped jumpstart the creation of Charleston Surgical Hospital in 2006, which combined the Eye and Ear Clinic of Charleston and the other existing facilities. Charleston Surgical Hospital has 23 physician investors and is the only physician-owned hospital in West Virginia. CEO Christina Arvon expanded the hospital's scope of services in 2006 to include orthopedics, gastroenterology, podiatry and other ancillary services in addition to its original specialties of ophthalmology and otolaryngology.

Dakota Plains Surgical Center (Aberdeen, S.D.). Originally built in 1998, the 15-bed Dakota Plains Surgical Center focuses primarily on orthopedic procedures and is owned primarily by orthopedic surgeons. According to the latest CMS data, the surgical hospital was among the top 50 hospitals for best patient satisfaction ratings. HealthGrades bestowed a Joint Replacement Excellence Award to Dakota Plains for 2013, and CareChex also ranked the hospital in the top 200 in the country for overall surgical care for 2013.

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (Edinburg, Texas). With 506 beds, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is one of the largest physician-owned hospitals in the country. Eight physicians opened the hospital as an ambulatory surgery center in 1997, and now Doctors Hospital has more than 50 specialties and subspecialties. It was the first hospital in South Texas to have a PET/CT scanner and first in the region to introduce da Vinci surgical technology. Doctors Hospital also has several clinical collaborations, including one for cancer care with the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and routinely captured clinical awards over the past several years, including a HealthGrades Spine Surgery Excellence Award in each of the past three years.

Dupont Hospital (Fort Wayne, Ind.). The 131-bed Dupont Hospital is part of Lutheran Health Network, one of the largest health systems in northeast Indiana. The hospital has 193 physician owners and provides a full range of medical and surgical services ranging from obstetrics to orthopedics. In April 2012, Thomson Reuters named Dupont Hospital as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals, one of only four hospitals from Indiana to make the list. From 2010 through 2012, Dupont Hospital has also received recognition for HealthGrades for its outstanding patient experience.

El Paso (Texas) Specialty Hospital. El Paso Specialty Hospital is surgical facility specializing in orthopedics, spine and pain management. In 2011, the 31-bed hospital was named Best Specialty Hospital in the Nation by the American Surgical Hospital Association. In 2011 and 2012, HealthGrades gave El Paso Specialty Hospital its Joint Replacement Excellence Award, and in 2009, Consumer Reports named it the top hospital for overall patient rating in El Paso.

Fresno (Calif.) Surgical Hospital. In December 1984, two orthopedic surgeons — Alan Pierrot, MD, and Thomas Thaxter, MD — founded the Fresno Surgery Center, and in April 1993, California licensed it as an acute-care hospital. Renamed Fresno Surgical Hospital in 2006, it is now a preeminent institution for surgical care in the area and among the best in the country in HCAHPS scores. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, HealthGrades recognized the hospital with excellence awards in both joint replacement and prostatectomy. HealthGrades also ranked Fresno Surgical Hospital first in California this for joint replacement in 2012 and among the top 10 hospitals in the state every year since 2007.

Grace Medical Center (Lubbock, Texas). Grace Medical Center has 123 beds, five operating rooms, a six-bed intensive care unit and an emergency department, making it one of the more expansive physician-owned hospitals in Texas and the country. In 2012, the hospital received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades, and it also won a Prostatectomy Excellence Award from HealthGrades in each of the past two years.

Harlingen (Texas) Medical Center. The 112-bed Harlingen Medical Center is one of the most highly awarded physician-owned hospitals in the country — receiving 21 different excellence awards from HealthGrades in the past three years — and it has only been in operation for 10 years. Among its accolades are awards in women's health, emergency medicine and spine surgery, as well as a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in both 2010 and 2011. Harlingen Medical Center also specializes in bariatrics, cardiology, neurology, pediatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology.

The HealthCenter Northwest (Kalispell, Mont.). The HealthCenter Northwest opened its doors in 2003 after its predecessor, the Flathead Outpatient Surgical Center, outgrew its three operating rooms. Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Healthcare and nearly 100 local physicians invested in the project, creating the physician-owned HealthCenter partnership, which now has six ORs, 19 inpatient suites and a women's imaging center. In 2012, Thomson Reuters named The HealthCenter as one of its 100 Top Hospitals, and CareChex ranked the hospital 159th among all hospitals in the country for overall surgical care.

THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano (Texas). THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano, a 116-bed for-profit collaboration with Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, has roughly 3,500 inpatient admissions and more than 21,000 total hospital visits every year. THE HEART HOSPITAL, which is among the top 50 hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction and recommendation ratings based on CMS data, is also the first and only freestanding, full-service hospital in north Texas dedicated solely to heart and vascular care. The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons recently awarded the hospital's cardiac surgery program with the highest national ranking: three stars.

Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital (Overland Park, Kan.). Previously known as the Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital, the Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital serves the Overland Park area. Focusing on spine, orthopedic, bariatric, neurosurgery and other specialty surgeries, Heartland Surgical won the 2010 Press Ganey Summit Award, highlighting its high level of patient satisfaction for the past three-plus years.

The Hospital for Spinal Surgery (Nashville, Tenn.). The Hospital for Spinal Surgery, which is a partnership between physicians and Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, has achieved high ratings for its namesake procedure as well as patient satisfaction. The 23-bed hospital is one of HealthGrades' 100 best hospitals for spine surgery, and CareChex ranked the hospital second and sixth in the country for spinal fusion quality and spinal surgery quality, respectively. Ninety-three percent of patients gave the Hospital for Spinal Surgery a rating of nine or 10 in the HCAHPS survey, which was tied for fourth-highest in the country, according to the latest data.

Houston Northwest Medical Center. A group of physicians founded Houston Northwest Medical Center in 1973 after they bought 60 acres of land that originally was "nothing more than a cow pasture," according to the hospital's website. Today, the hospital has grown within Houston, and roughly 600 medical staff members now provide a range of inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic imaging services. Houston Northwest, which is partially owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, has received several awards from HealthGrades over the past three years, including accolades for excellence in emergency medicine, maternity care and neurosurgery.

Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (Indianapolis). Owned by the physicians of OrthoIndy, the 42-bed Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital opened in 2005 to provide focused orthopedic and spine care. It is central Indiana's first specialty hospital focusing directly on orthopedics, and it is among the highest-ranked hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction ratings. Indiana Orthopedic Hospital has received national recognition from several sources, including Press Ganey, CareChex and HealthGrades. CareChex recently ranked IOH 30th among all hospitals in the country for major orthopedic surgery quality.

Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery (Lima, Ohio). Led by President and CEO Mark McDonald, MD, the Institute for Orthopaedic Surgery has been one of the best specialty care hospitals in America. For the past three years, IOS has won the Press Ganey Summit Award for its consistently high patient satisfaction scores. IOS was one of the first orthopedic surgical specialty hospitals in Ohio, opening in 1998 as an ambulatory surgery center. It eventually became an accredited, licensed acute-care hospital in 2002 and has 14 total physician owners.

Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital (Phenix City, Ala.). Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital offers a wide range of services, including surgical suites for inpatient and ambulatory surgery, diagnostic imaging, orthopedic and cardiopulmonary services. The 70-bed hospital has become not only one of the top physician-owned hospitals in the country, but also one of the top overall specialty hospitals. For 2013, HealthGrades rated Jack Hughston as one of the top hospitals in the country for three separate services — orthopedic surgery, spine surgery and joint replacement.

Lincoln (Neb.) Surgical Hospital. In 1994, a group of ophthalmologists in Lincoln, convened to form an ambulatory surgery center with two operating rooms. That ASC eventually expanded into Lincoln Surgical Hospital, which now has 16 beds and eight ORs. The hospital, which is 100 percent physician-owned, offers nine different services, ranging from ophthalmology to neurosurgery. For the past two years, Lincoln Surgical Hospital garnered the Joint Replacement Excellence Award from HealthGrades, and CareChex ranked it among the top 100 hospitals in the country for overall surgical care.

Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (Leawood, Kan.). Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute is a strategic alliance between the Dickson-Diveley Midwest Orthopaedic Clinic, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Consultants and Clinic of Kansas City and Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. The nine-bed specialty hospital received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award from HealthGrades for three straight years, and CareChex ranked Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute among the top 100 hospitals across the country for both major orthopedic surgery and joint replacement quality.

Kansas Heart Hospital (Wichita). The 54-bed Kansas Heart Hospital opened its doors to patients in Kansas and northern Oklahoma in February 1999 after co-founder and former CEO Greg Duick, MD, decided to build a specialized heart hospital for area residents. Currently, cardiologists, vascular surgeons and cardiac surgeons own 22 percent of the hospital while Via Christi Health System, also based in Wichita, has 49-percent ownership. Non-referring investors own the remaining 29 percent. Kansas Heart Hospital has a solid track record of vascular surgery excellence from HealthGrades, and it is one of the top 50 hospitals in the country based on patient satisfaction ratings from CMS.

Kansas Spine Hospital (Wichita).
Founded in 2003, this 38-bed hospital was the first fully digital hospital in Kansas and first facility within the surrounding seven-state area to offer a 3-tesla MRI and a 16-slice CT scanner. CareChex ranked Kansas Spine Hospital, which has 10 physician owners, third in the country for overall spinal fusion quality, fourth for spinal surgery and 47th for major orthopedic surgery in 2013.

Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital (Yankton, S.D.). Founded in 2002 by local physicians, the six-bed Lewis & Clark Specialty Hospital offers services in otolaryngology, general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, urology and podiatry. More than 85 percent of the hospital's patients rated Lewis & Clark a nine or 10 and "definitely" recommended the hospital to others in CMS' most recent HCAHPS survey.

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