100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs | 2018

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The hospitals featured on Becker's Healthcare's 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs list for 2018 have earned recognition for quality of care and patient satisfaction for orthopedic and spine surgery. Many are high-volume centers where surgeons annually perform hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of total joint replacements, in addition to less complex musculoskeletal surgeries.

Many of the orthopedic programs highlighted have rich histories of innovation and have won grants to research musculoskeletal treatments. The centers include robust nonoperative services and provide care to professional and elite athletes in their communities.

Our editorial team accepted nominations for this list and took several rankings and awards into consideration, including U.S. News & World Report rankings for adult and pediatric orthopedics. The team also considered CareChex rankings, Healthgrades awards, Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center designation and hospitals' reputations for innovation in orthopedic care.

Note: Hospitals and health systems cannot pay for inclusion on this list, and organizations are listed in alphabetical order.

For questions or comments about this list, contact Laura Dyrda at ldyrda@beckershealthcare.com.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis). Abbott Northwestern Hospital's orthopedic surgeons perform more than 4,000 procedures, including 1,200 joint replacement and revision procedures, per year at the Orthopaedic Institute. The hospital, which is part of the Minneapolis-based Allina Health Network, contracts with four orthopedic physician groups to provide musculoskeletal services. Abbott Northwestern's Orthopaedic Institute is ranked No. 8 in the nation for major orthopedic surgery by CareChex, and U.S. News & World Report ranked Abbott Northwestern among the top 50 in the nation for orthopedics in 2018-19.

Advocate Sherman Hospital (Elgin, Ill.). Advocate Sherman Hospital Orthopedic Center has 32 board-certified surgeons and several orthopedic-certified nurses and physical therapists. The orthopedic institute is designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacements by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The hospital is part of the recently merged Advocate Aurora Health Care Network. Sherman Hospital was among the first in the nation to use iPad navigation in the operating room for a total joint replacement.

Banner Health (Phoenix). Banner Health is a 28-hospital nonprofit health system serving patients in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. In partnership with The CORE Institute, Banner Health created the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics to bring innovative technologies and evidence based care to patients with musculoskeletal diseases and conditions. The two institutions launched the joint venture in 2017 after spending six years in a co-management partnership. The health system also supports the Orthopedic Trauma Center, as a division of the Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, and its specialists engage in research to advance the orthopedic field.

Baptist Health Care / Andrews Institute (Pensacola, Fla.). Baptist Health Care is home of the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, which offers care at nine Florida locations. The Andrews Institute, designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement surgery, includes 32 musculoskeletal physicians who coordinate care for the patient. In the 2017 performance year for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement quality performance category, the Andrews Institute received an "excellent" rating, the highest available. The Andrews Institute is known for treating professional athletes in sports; founder James Andrews, MD, has performed surgeries for high-profile athletes including Michael Jordan and Brett Favre.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis). Barnes-Jewish Hospital has 42 affiliated orthopedic surgeons that help perform more than 1,100 hip and knee joint replacements annually. The orthopedic specialists see patients at four different locations in Missouri. The hospital contracts with the Washington University orthopedic surgeons group, which serves as team physicians for the St. Louis Blues and all Washington University athletic teams. Barnes-Jewish Hospital ranked among the top 15 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics on U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 rankings.

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). Baystate Medical Center is the 716-bed flagship of nonprofit Baystate Health. Baystate's orthopedics program is integrated with its trauma center, which allows specialized orthopedic trauma surgeons to operate next to trauma surgeons as the patient stabilizes. The hospital is designated a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and aims to grow its successful program. In 2018, Baystate Health received unanimous approval from the Public Health Council to start a $3.8 million expansion of the Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center, also in Springfield.

Beaumont Health (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Health tops nearly every health system in the country when it comes to the quantity of joint replacements, performing more than 8,500 annually. Beaumont Health is home of the Applebaum Simulation Learning Institute, where orthopedic surgeons from around the country come to learn the latest techniques from Beaumont's 138 orthopedic surgeons. In 2018-19, Beaumont Health Royal Oak was ranked among the top 50 best hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.

Bethesda North Hospital (Cincinnati). Bethesda North Hospital, part of Cincinnati-based TriHealth network, is home of the system's Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. The most common orthopedic surgeries performed at Bethesda North Hospital include hip, knee and shoulder replacement. Bethesda North Hospital is a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacements, a designation it has held since 2010. In addition, the hospital has maintained its status as a total joint replacement facility within Aetna's Institute for Quality Orthopedic Care network for eight years.

Boston Children's Hospital. Boston Children's Hospital's orthopedic program, established in 1903, has 13 specialty clinics that treat a full spectrum of orthopedic conditions, including bone and soft tissue tumors, spina bifida and orthopedic trauma. Each year the orthopedic center records 100,000 patient visits, and surgeons complete 6,000 surgeries there. The hospital has a large team dedicated to orthopedics, including 27 orthopedic surgeons, 13 primary care sports medicine physicians, an orthopedist and two sports medicine psychologists. In 2018-19, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 1 in the nation for pediatric orthopedics.

Boston Medical Center. Boston Medical Center is a 567-bed academic medical center affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine. Its department of orthopedics has eight subspecialties and 12 orthopedic surgeons. The medical center is dedicated to exploring the science behind musculoskeletal diseases and injuries through its Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, which has research projects ranging from the basic cellular mechanisms of skeletal tissue healing to understanding how to mimic developmental processes.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). Brigham and Women's Hospital is the 777-bed teaching hospital of Boston-based Harvard Medical School. The department of orthopedic surgery at the hospital employs nearly 40 physicians who provide comprehensive care in the Boston area and are engaged in innovative clinical research to advance the orthopedic field. Beyond providing clinical care, Brigham and Women's Hospital is dedicated to training future orthopedic physicians via its Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Training Program with 60 residency training spots. The hospital, which also has a center dedicated to arthritis care, is designated a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacements by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Carilion Roanoke (Va.) Memorial Hospital. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, the 703-bed flagship of Roanoke-based Carilion Clinic, is home of the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences, which offers several specialties, including pediatric and trauma orthopedics. With several locations throughout the state, the hospital has the largest academic orthopedic practice in Virginia boasting 50 highly trained providers. The hospital was designated a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacements by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center, the region's only level 1 trauma center and one of North Carolina's five academic medical center teaching hospitals, is the flagship facility for Charlotte-based Atrium Health. With a dedication to training the next generation of physicians, Atrium Health's orthopedic residency program is ranked third in the Southeast by Doximity, an online social networking service for U.S. clinicians. The orthopedics program is housed within Atrium Health's Musculoskeletal Institute, which brings all musculoskeletal programs under one roof. In 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Carolinas Medical Center No. 4 in the nation for adult orthopedics.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was created in 1902 as a 12-bed hospital. Today, the 866-bed facility serves more than 1 million patients per year in 40 locations and employs more than 4,500 physicians and nurses. Cedars-Sinai physicians performed more than 5,000 outpatient and inpatient orthopedic surgeries in 2016, including 220 outpatient hip and knee procedures. The hospital was ranked No. 9 on U.S News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics list for 2018-19.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The Children's Orthopaedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the home of an array of pediatric orthopedic programs. The institution's Hand and Upper Extremity Program treats more than 200 patients a month. The hospital also houses the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion Analysis Laboratory. Created in 1992, the lab is one of only nine labs fully accredited by the Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation and is the only motion analysis lab in Southern California. The hospital was ranked No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for pediatric orthopedics list for 2018-19.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's division of orthopedics has cared for pediatric patients for more than 120 years. Patients can receive treatments for nearly 100 different orthopedic conditions through the department's eight locations, including two ambulatory surgery centers, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The hospital houses the Biomedical Research Program in Pediatric Orthopedics, consisting of a 21-member research team studying how different bones and joints form and acquire their unique shapes and structures. The hospital was ranked No. 2 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for pediatric orthopedics list for 2018-19.

Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). Christ Hospital Health Network's flagship facility, the 555-bed Christ Hospital, conducted the nation's first ceramic hip replacement in 1982. Today, the health network is also the home of the Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center, one of Cincinnati's leading destinations for orthopedic and spine care. The center has 87 private inpatient rooms and 14 operating rooms. Christ Hospital was ranked No. 9 among America's Top Quality Hospitals in 2019 for medical excellence in orthopedic surgery by CareChex. The facility has also earned recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Established in 1883, the 600-plus bed Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is one of the oldest pediatric hospitals in the country. In 2017, Cincinnati Children's had more than 1.3 million patient encounters, including 589 international patients. The hospital's orthopedics program conducts more than 3,000 complex surgical procedures per year. It's also the home of several centers and services, including the Alvin H. Crawford Spine Center and the Cincinnati Neurofibromatosis Center. Cincinnati Children's was named the No. 4 hospital on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for pediatric orthopedics list for 2018-19.

Cleveland Clinic. Surgeons in Cleveland Clinic's department of orthopedic surgery conduct more than 7,000 hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, wrist and finger joint replacements each year — one of the highest surgical volumes in the nation. Practitioners at the institution are also responsible for developing advanced techniques for fracture healing. Cleveland Clinic was ranked No. 3 on U.S News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics list for 2018-19, and was ranked the No. 1 hospital in Ohio for the same specialty that year. Cleveland Clinic has also earned recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Duke University Hospital (Durham, N.C.). Duke University Hospital and its affiliated orthopedic surgery department at Duke University School of Medicine operate one of the largest orthopedic departments in the nation, comprising 83 orthopedic faculty, 43 physician assistants and nurse practitioners and 40 medical residents, among other employees. In fiscal year 2016, the orthopedics department treated 171,459 patients and performed 15,672 procedures. Duke University Hospital ranked No. 11 on U.S News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics list for 2018-19. The institution has also earned recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). The 463-bed hospital, part of Eisenhower Health, is home of the Eisenhower Orthopedic Center of Excellence and the Eisenhower Joint Replacement Center. Using data between June 2009 and June 2012, CMS designated Eisenhower Medical Center one of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. for joint replacement surgery outcomes and one of eight hospitals in California that performed better than average in avoiding readmissions. The medical center was ranked among America's top quality hospitals in 2019 for medical excellence in orthopedic surgery by CareChex. The hospital also was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Emory University Hospital (Atlanta). Emory University Hospital was founded in 1904 and is part of Emory Healthcare. The hospital has since grown to comprise 733 beds, and it saw 26,564 inpatient admissions in 2016. Emory Healthcare is also the home of the Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital. Every physician, nurse and staff member at the hospital specializes in orthopedics, and patient rooms were solely designed for orthopedic patients. The hospital was ranked among America's top quality hospitals for 2019 for its excellence in orthopedic surgery by CareChex and has earned recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement surgery.

Erlanger Health System (Chattanooga, Tenn.). Erlanger Health System is a seven-hospital system that sees more than 600,000 patient visits per year. Erlanger's Comprehensive Orthopaedic Institute is the region's first institution of its kind, featuring board-certified surgeons with a broad range of specialties. Erlanger's orthopedic surgeons hold faculty positions at the system's affiliated medical school, the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga. Physicians and surgeons at the hospital also provide comprehensive trauma care at the region's only level I trauma center.

Florida Medical Center (Fort Lauderdale). Florida Medical Center began its journey to earn a Gold Seal of Approval for total hip and knee replacements from The Joint Commission in 2016. To earn the recognition, the hospital's orthopedic steering committee focused on restructuring the program by creating an educational handbook and implementing a preoperative education class, among other recommendations. The medical center received its Joint Commission certification in 2018. From 2016 to 2017, the orthopedic program's volume grew nearly 100 percent year-over-year, and is on-track to continue that growth in 2018. Last year, medical center's orthopedic program reported zero post-op infections among the nearly 200 procedures performed by the department.

Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Hackensack University Medical Center is part of Hackensack Meridian Health, which employs more than 33,000 employees and 6,500 physicians. The hospital's Orthopedic Institute comprises 89 specialists — the most of any of the system's 10 hospital-specific orthopedic programs. Hackensack Meridian Health has earned several disease-specific designations from the Joint Commission, and was the first hospital in New Jersey to be designated for core hip fracture. Hackensack University Medical Center ranked No. 44 on U.S News & World Report's list of top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19.

Harborview Medical Center (Seattle). Affiliated with UW Medicine, specialists from UW Medicine Sports, Spine & Orthopedic Health provide care at Harborview Medical Center. The hospital integrates a multidisciplinary team to treat patients with musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. Members of the sports medicine team provide care for the Seattle Seahawks and UW Huskies in addition to local public high school teams. In 2019, CareChex ranked Harborview Medical Center No. 1 in Washington for medical excellence in hip fracture care.

Hoag Orthopedic Institute (Irvine, Calif.). Surgeons at Hoag Orthopaedic Institute have performed the most joint replacement procedures in California for six consecutive years, with 10,562 hospital-based procedures performed in 2017. Hoag Orthopedic Institute boasts a standardized infection rate of 0.78, beating the national rate of 1.0, as well as a 30-day readmission rate of 2.5 after total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty, below the national rate of 4.4. Hoag Orthopedic Institute has developed a reputation for its orthopedic expertise, ranking No. 31 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19 and No. 5 for major orthopedic surgery on CareChex's list. It also earned BlueCross BlueShield's Blue Distinction+ designation for knee and hip replacement.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City). Hospital for Special Surgery's physicians performed 8,355 total hip and knee arthroplasty surgeries in 2016 — nearly twice the number performed by the hospital with the second-highest volume in the nation. For nine consecutive years, Hospital for Special Surgery's infection rate for hip replacement or revision surgeries has remained significantly lower than the New York state average. As the official hospital of the New York Mets, New York Giants and USA Basketball, Hospital for Special Surgery earned the No. 1 spot on both U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19 and CareChex's list of top hospitals for major orthopedic surgery this year.

Houston Methodist Hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital has earned a reputation for providing quality orthopedic and sports medicine care. The hospital is the official healthcare provider of the Houston Astros, Dynamo, the Houston Ballet and Rodeo Houston. Its orthopedic department also focuses on research, including work in regenerative medicine and nanotechnology. Through a collaboration with College Station-based Texas A&M University, Houston Methodist is working on a biomechanics research initiative featuring one of the first 16-megapixel motion capture systems acquired by a hospital system. Houston Methodist Hospital ranked No. 26 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19 with a perfect score in hip replacement and knee replacement, marking the 26th year the hospital has been named among the nation's best.

Huntington Hospital (Pasadena, Calif.). The 619-bed Huntington Hospital aims to stay on the forefront of orthopedic treatment and patient care. In 2017, the hospital implemented a pilot program that provided patients with tablets during their inpatient stays, helping them to become better informed about their care and improving their recovery times. With a 32-bed orthopedic and neurological nursing unit, Huntington Hospital offers a comprehensive range of spine treatments. In addition to receiving the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its total knee and hip replacement program, the hospital earned Blue Cross Blue Shield's Blue Distinction+ for knee and hip replacement.

Indiana University Health Medical Center (Indianapolis). IU Health Medical Center is a combination of the 589-bed Indianapolis-based Methodist Hospital, 390-bed Indianapolis-based University Hospital and 44-bed Fishers, Ind.-based Saxony Hospital. Focusing on cardiovascular and orthopedic services, Saxony Hospital is home of the Indiana University Health Hip and Knee Center. IU Health has one of the largest orthopedic trauma groups in the nation, and its university partnership helps give patients access to innovative orthopedic treatments.

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (Alexandria, Va.). Inova Mount Vernon Hospital reported a readmission rate of 0.87 after hip and knee replacements in 2017. Inova Joint Replacement Center, which was established in 1999, provides around 2,000 hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacements annually. Patients from all 50 states as well as 31 countries worldwide receive care at the institution. In addition to providing patient care, Inova's specialists aim to stay on the forefront of the field with innovations in anterior hip replacement, hip resurfacing and gender-specific joint replacements. The center was awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2009.

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore). The department of orthopedic surgery was founded at the nation's first surgical school, Johns Hopkins, in 1900. By 2017, Johns Hopkins' total joint replacement specialists were continuing the hospital's tradition of advancing care by creating a collaborative patient-centric care model with input from the orthopedic surgery, anesthesia and infection control departments. Johns Hopkins Hospital remains on the leading edge of technological innovation with a real-time locating system that tracks equipment and locates staff anywhere in the hospital, as well as an automated underground system for hauling supplies and waste to a loading dock. John Hopkins Medicine ranked No. 10 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19.

Keck Hospital of USC (Los Angeles). In addition to being the official team physicians of USC Trojan athletes and other Los Angeles sports teams, Keck Hospital of USC physicians are pioneers of advances in musculoskeletal injury treatment and stem cell therapies. The hospital's researchers are studying the use of stem cells to induce cartilage repair, biologic agents to prevent bone loss and computer navigation to improve total joint component placement. In June, Keck's department of orthopedic surgery received a $10 million gift from the Epstein Family Foundation to advance techniques for preventing and healing sports-related injuries. Keck Hospital of USC ranked No. 22 on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics for 2018-19.

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Part of Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine, 506-bed nonprofit Lancaster General Hospital received BlueCross BlueShield's Blue Distinction+ designation for knee and hip replacement. In September, Lancaster General Health signed a contract to buy Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates and its ASC. The center's Geriatric Fracture Care Program achieved premier-level certification from the International Geriatric Fracture Society, the society's highest level of certification, in 2017.

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Burlington, Mass.). Lahey Hospital and Medical Center delivers orthopedic services in four locations in the Burlington area. In addition to earning BlueCross BlueShield's Blue Distinction+ for knee and hip replacement, Lahey achieved premier certification from the International Geriatric Fracture Society in 2014. The hospital and medical center help prepare the next generation of providers through residency and fellowship programs for more than 130 physicians, including orthopedic residents from the Boston University School of Medicine.

Lehigh Valley Hospital (Allentown, Pa.). As part of Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lehigh Valley Hospital is a regional volume leader for orthopedic surgeries. With a 30-person team, the center's orthopedic surgeons perform more than 10,000 procedures a year. The hospital was awarded BlueCross BlueShield's Blue Distinction+ for both knee and hip replacement and spine surgery, as well as Aetna's Institute of Quality designation for orthopedics.

Loyola Medicine (Maywood, Ill.). The orthopedics department at Loyola Medicine includes 36 faculty members and 10 advanced practice providers who conduct more than 80,000 patient visits annually at 12 ambulatory sites. Surgeons also perform about 6,000 inpatient and outpatient orthopedic procedures annually. U.S. News & World Report ranked Loyola University Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in the nation for 2017-18, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated the facility a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement in 2018. Loyola is also a designated Aetna Institute of Quality facility for orthopedic care in total joint replacement and spine surgery.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (Pittsburgh). The Bone and Joint Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital staffs seven physicians who are all board-certified in orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery and serve as subspecialists in hip and knee surgery and sports medicine. One of the institute's physicians — Ken Urish, MD — recently received a National Institutes of Health-backed research grant to study clinical treatment approaches for infected joints in place of surgical intervention. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality also recognized the hospital's Innovation Center and orthopaedic program for the implementation of a patient- and family-centered care initiative to improve the healthcare experience for patients undergoing total joint replacements.

Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston). Physicians in Massachusetts General Hospital's department of orthopedic surgery treat more than 80,000 patients annually for a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions, ranging from sprains to complex spinal reconstruction. The department also contains nine distinct centers for orthopedic care, including an Orthopedic Trauma Center staffed by nine orthopedic specialists. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated the facility a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacement in 2018. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Massachusetts General the No. 6 hospital in the nation for orthopedics in 2018-19.

Mayo Clinic Health System (Rochester, Minn.). Surgeons in Mayo Clinic's orthopedics department work with Mayo scientists researching biomechanics and regenerative medicine to create care solutions that facilitate healing, accelerated rehabilitation and improved patient outcomes. As of October 2018, the health system had 93 active clinical trials related to orthopedic surgery. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mayo Clinic No. 2 in the nation for orthopedics in its 2018-19 rankings. CareChex also named Mayo Clinic Hospital among the top 100 hospitals in the country for major orthopedic surgery.

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center (Houston). Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center's orthopedics program specializes in hip and knee surgery, with surgeons performing more than 1,000 joint replacement procedures annually using advanced minimally invasive and reconstructive techniques. Memorial City Joint Center reported a 98 percent score for patient satisfaction among hip and knee replacement patients in a March 2018 assessment. The hospital's Ironman Sports Medicine Institute also serves as the medical partner for the Houston Rockets Houston Texans and Houston Astros along with several public and private schools in the area. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated Memorial City Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement in 2018.

MemorialCare Long Beach (Calif.) Medical Center. Long Beach Medical Center's Joint Replacement Center reports patient outcomes superior to the national average, including a 0.4 percent complication rate for joint replacement surgeries and an average length of stay of 2.24 days. The Joint Replacement Center is staffed by a comprehensive care team to guide patients from diagnosis to recovery, including orthopedic surgeons, joint care coordinators and rehabilitation coaches. U.S. News & World Report named Long Beach Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in the nation in its 2017-18 rankings.

Mercy Medical Center (Baltimore). Mercy Medical Center's orthopedics and joint replacement department includes a team of seven top-rated orthopedic specialists from the Baltimore area who provide innovative joint preservation, replacement and treatment options. The hospital's orthopedic specialists were among the first in Maryland to perform anterior hip replacements. Mercy Medical Center also features a patient program called the Joint Journey at Mercy, which offers preoperative education and postoperative therapy to guide patients through the hip and knee replacement process. The medical center received a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for hip and knee replacement from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and was named among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017-18 rankings.

Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio). Miami Valley Hospital's orthopedics department features a team of 46 orthopedic surgeons, 37 of whom are fellowship-trained. The hospital contains the only level I trauma program in the Dayton area and often serves as a tertiary referral center for complicated orthopedic injuries. Miami Valley Hospital recorded 528 hip cases and 498 knee cases during the 12-month period ending June 2018, along with 431 inpatient and 200 outpatient spine procedures. The hospital also opened a dedicated joint and spine facility in northern Montgomery County, Ohio, and plans to open a second facility in the southern part of the county in December 2018. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated Miami Valley Hospital a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement in 2018.

Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center. Morristown Medical Center has 190 specialists on its orthopedics department staff. In 2017, surgeons at the hospital performed 3,013 joint replacement procedures, the most in New Jersey. Morristown Medical Center worked with its parent company, Morristown-based Atlantic Health System, to standardize joint care processes through the CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundle model in 2016, and after one year, saw a 117 percent increase in patients discharged home to recover instead of to a rehab facility. A data analysis showed that joint replacement patients were more unlikely to be readmitted if they recovered at home. CareChex also ranked the medical center among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for major orthopedic surgery in 2018.

Mount Sinai Hospital (New York City). Mount Sinai Hospital's orthopedic program offers a full spectrum of musculoskeletal care services, including joint replacement, sports medicine and spine care. In 2017, the hospital opened the Orthopedic Center at Mount Sinai West and became the first hospital in the state to offer percutaneous foot surgery for bunions and hammertoes. Mount Sinai is also a leader in sports medicine, serving as the official medical services provider for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for six consecutive years. U.S. News & World Report named Mount Sinai among the top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in the nation in 2017-18.

MUSC Health – University Medical Center (Charleston, S.C.). MUSC Health Orthopedics offers specialized care services in 12 orthopedic areas, ranging from basic fractures to complex spinal tumor treatments. The hospital's orthopedics department includes the MUSC Health Foot and Ankle program, a hip and knee replacement care team of four orthopedic surgeons and the MUSC Health Spine Center staffed by 14 orthopedic specialists. MUSC Health–University Medical Center was named among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 rankings.

New England Baptist Hospital (Boston). New England Baptist Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the country to host total joint replacement surgery. The hospital has a rich history in orthopedics, launching its first orthopedic department in 1968 and opening the New England Baptist Bone & Joint Institute in 1995. The hospital's physicians and scientists have spent decades researching new therapies and patient outcomes to determine the most effective nonsurgical treatments for back, neck and spine pain. As a result, 90 percent of the patients who seek treatment at the hospital's Spine Center do not require surgery. The hospital received a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for hip and knee replacement from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association this year and was named among the top 25 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-18. CareChex also ranked the hospital No. 2 in the nation for major orthopedic surgery 2019.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell (New York City). Columbia Orthopedics and Weill Cornell Orthopedics comprise the orthopedic surgery department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. In 2017, the NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Medical Center surgeons performed 5,894 adult orthopedic procedures and 1,067 pediatric procedures, including 1,229 total joint replacements. Columbia Orthopedics has a faculty of 38 surgeons and physicians who are considered experts in their field; in the last year, the hospital's surgeons have been featured in The New York Times and on CNN.

NorthShore University Hospitals (Evanston, Ill.). The NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute includes fellowship-trained experts in total joint replacement, sports medicine, pain management and other orthopedic subspecialties. Founded more than 20 years ago, NorthShore's Total Joint Replacement Center at the Glenbrook and Skokie hospitals aim to stay at the cutting edge of technology with patient-specific instrumentation, and the health system now offers outpatient joint replacement. Operating out of six locations across the NorthShore health system, NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute physicians also participate in research focused on minimally invasive surgery, computer assistance and regenerative medicine for orthopedics.

Northwestern Medicine (Chicago). With hundreds of locations across Chicago and the surrounding areas, as well as 4,400 aligned physicians, Northwestern Medicine has become a hub of orthopedic care. Two of the health system's hospitals, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., earned recognition as top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics from U.S. News & World Report in 2018-19. The health system's Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care includes a women's health program as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation facilities.

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital (New York City). Opened in 1905, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, formerly known as the Hospital for Joint Diseases, has been a pioneer in orthopedic innovation and care throughout the years. Each year, NYU Langone surgeons perform around 4,000 adult reconstructive surgeries and about 2,850 spine surgeries at the system's Spine Center. The hospital's specialists also focus on research through the 4,000-square-foot Musculoskeletal Research Center, which includes molecular and biomechanical research capabilities. In 2018-19, U.S. News & World Report ranked NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery.

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (Columbus). The orthopedic surgeons at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center aim to provide minimally invasive treatments and surgeries for orthopedic injuries and conditions. The department aims to provide evidence-based medicine for a variety of orthopedic subspecialties, including sports medicine and spine and joint reconstruction. In addition to providing treatment, specialists at Ohio State University engage in research and clinical trials to stay at the forefront of orthopedic medicine, including investigations into new antibiotics, implant design and biomechanical testing. U.S. News & World Report ranked Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

OrthoIndy Hospital (Indianapolis). OrthoIndy Hospital is a physician-owned hospital with two outpatient surgical facilities that provides orthopedic care. With more than 80 physician providers at 10 locations across Indianapolis and the surrounding areas, OrthoIndy was the state's first specialty orthopedic hospital when it opened in 2005. The hospital earned Press Ganey's Guardian of Excellence Award in 2017 and quality distinctions from CareChex in the past. OrthoIndy partners with the Indiana Pacers to provide care, and its physicians serve as independent examiners for the NFL. In addition to providing orthopedic care, the hospital's physicians participate in studies supported by the Orthopaedic Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the science of musculoskeletal disorders.

OrthoNebraska Hospital (Omaha). OrthoNebraska is a physician-owned hospital with 21 physician owners. In 2017, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital — which originally opened in 2004 — merged with OrthoWest to become OrthoNebraska. The 24-bed institution includes 12 operating rooms and clinics across Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. The hospital also has a partnership with Fremont (Neb.) Health to provide orthopedic services to patients in Fremont.

Overlake Medical Center (Bellevue, Wash.). Overlake Medical Center, a 349-bed nonprofit regional hospital, includes 56 physicians and providers and 3,000 employees. Healthgrades named the hospital among the 100 best hospitals for joint replacement in 2019. The hospital's specialists also focus on orthopedic trauma, providing fracture care to the local community.

Penn Medicine (Philadelphia). In addition to its joint replacement program and trauma care, Penn Medicine includes the Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment and a center for female athletes. The Penn Musculoskeletal Center takes a whole-body approach to seamless patient treatment, partnering with the Penn Human Motion Lab and Penn Fracture Clinic. The musculoskeletal center includes 49 exam rooms, and outpatient procedures are performed at the surgery center on the facility's fifth floor. U.S. News & World Report named two Penn Medicine hospitals to its list of 50 best hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center. The orthopedic surgeons at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's Bone and Joint Institute perform more than 1,000 joint replacement procedures per year as well as 150-plus orthopedic oncology surgical procedures annually. The institute also provides comprehensive foot and ankle services, with physicians and specialists seeing around 5,000 patients annually and performing more than 600 foot and ankle surgeries per year. The hospital also has nine physicians focused on orthopedic sports medicine and 21 spine care physicians. In 2018-19, U.S. News & World Report named Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery.

Porter Adventist Hospital (Denver). Porter Adventist Hospital offers treatment and surgery for hip and knee conditions in its Porter Center for Joint Replacement. Surgeons perform more than 2,000 hip and knee replacements at the center each year, and an independent study found it had a 99 percent patient satisfaction rating. The affiliated surgeons and researchers have published more than 700 journal articles and chapters on joint replacement, and the hospital offers international fellowship training. The hospital is also home to the Porter Spine Institute, which was named a Center of Excellence by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare. U.S. News & World Report ranked Porter Adventist among the nation's top 50 hospitals for orthopedics in 2018-19.

Roper St. Francis Hospital (Charleston, S.C.). Roper St. Francis Hospital includes 34 orthopedic surgeons who offer joint replacements, extremities care and sports medicine. Roper Hospital's orthopedic surgeons perform 9,500 orthopedic procedures annually, in addition to providing nonoperative care to patients. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association recognized Roper St. Francis Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement.

Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital (Bensalem, Pa.). The Rothman Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital is a 65,000 square foot surgical facility including six operating rooms focused on joint replacements, spine surgery, sports medicine and other orthopedic procedures. The hospital is affiliated with Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, one of the nation's largest orthopedic practices with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. In 2018, the hospital earned several Healthgrades awards, including a spot among America's 100 Best Joint Replacement hospitals. The hospital includes 11 orthopedic joint surgeons and five spine surgeons who perform around 3,000 spine surgeries and non-operative treatments annually.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Working at one of the best-known hospitals in the country for orthopedics, surgeons at Rush University Medical Center perform 3,800 knee and hip replacements each year. Rush is also the official medical provider of the Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Fire professional athletic teams. The Rush orthopedics team treats musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, in addition to offering minimally invasive spine surgery at its spine center. The hospital also sets itself apart with the Center for Cartilage Restoration, which focuses on innovative biologic methods for repairing damaged joint cartilage. Rush also produces the Rush Orthopedics Journal, which publishes studies conducted by Rush researchers. Rush University Medical Center was ranked No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Illinois for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

Santa Monica (Calif.)-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital treats 65,000 patients a year and performs 7,625 surgeries across 12 orthopedic subspecialties, including orthopedic oncology, pediatrics, trauma and sports medicine. The UCLA Center of Excellence for Musculoskeletal Care is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and integration to provide orthopedic care to patients. Researchers at the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center, opened in 2007, study stem cell biology, patient-oriented clinical research and tissue engineering. Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital was ranked No. 18 in the nation for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

Scripps (San Diego). The renovated Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Musculoskeletal Center at Scripps Clinic provides patients with access to musculoskeletal and orthopedic services in one location. The health system's surgeons perform more than 3,000 knee and hip replacements each year at five hospital campuses. In addition to patient care, Scripps' Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education conducts publicly and privately funded clinical research as well as tests for new devices and surgical techniques. Scripps received the Blue Distinction Center designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield for orthopedic care, and Scripps La Jolla Hospitals was ranked No. 28 in the nation for orthopedic care by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

Sentara Leigh Hospital (Norfolk, Va.). Sentara Leigh's Orthopedic Hospital at Sentara Leigh opened in May 2017 and includes a division of Sentara's OrthoJoint Centers. At the center, joint replacement patients can take advantage of the "Fast Track" program, which reduces time spent in the hospital for recovery. Sentara Leigh Hospital was ranked No. 3 in Virginia for patient satisfaction in orthopedic care for 2019 by CareChex and earned the Blue Distinction Center designation for knee and hip replacement from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Spectrum Health has built a reputation for orthopedic care and has become involved in advancing pediatric orthopedic healthcare delivery. The health system is a member of the Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration, as well as Children's Oncology Group. Healthgrades honored Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals with its Joint Replacement Excellence Award and its five-star distinction for total knee and hip replacement. Spectrum Health's Helen DeVos Children's Hospital was ranked among the top five children's hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-19.

St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. Surgeons at St. Cloud Hospital's Bone & Joint Center perform more than 1,200 hip and knee replacements annually. Through its partnership with St. Cloud (Minn.) Orthopedics, the hospital has become one of Minnesota's busiest joint replacement centers. St. Cloud's Bone & Joint Center was given the Blue Distinction Center+ certification for knee and hip replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield and was awarded The Joint Commission's disease-specific care certification for knee and hip replacements.

St. Helena (Calif.) Hospital. Surgeons at St. Helena's Coon Joint Replacement Institute have performed over 20,000 hip and knee replacement procedures since the program launched in 2009. The center earned the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Center designation for hip and knee replacement surgery. The Coon Joint Replacement Institute was also awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for knee and hip replacement surgery. St. Helena is a part of Adventist Health and was named a Path to Excellence award winner in 2012 by the National Research Corp.

St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City (Mo.). St. Luke's Hospital's Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute is the first and only hospital in the Kansas City area dedicated to orthopedics. Over 700 inpatient and 3,000 outpatient surgeries are performed at the Kansas Orthopaedic Institute every year. Recognizing the hospital's reputation for orthopedic surgeries, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated St. Luke's Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement. The Joint Commission also awarded St. Luke's its Gold Seal of Approval for Orthopedic Joint Replacement for hip and knee surgery.

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center (Boise, Idaho). St. Luke's Regional Medical Center started construction on a new 230,000-square-foot orthopedic hospital in the spring of 2018. The hospital will feature 12 operating rooms and 30 short-recovery beds and is projected to host 20,000 visits and 7,000 surgeries per year. Last May, the hospital opened the St. Luke's Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic, staffed by eight orthopedic specialists, to treat patients with sports injuries. CareChex ranked St. Luke's No. 1 in Idaho for patient safety in orthopedic care for 2019.

Stanford (Calif.) Health Care-Stanford Hospital. Stanford Health Care's orthopedic program is composed of the Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic, Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center and the Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center in Emeryville. Stanford Health Care's 50 physicians perform over 500 joint replacements annually. In addition to providing care for patients across the Stanford community, the health system serves as the official healthcare provider for the Golden State Warriors. U.S. News & World Report ranked Stanford Health Care No. 13 in the nation for orthopedic care for 2018-19.

Swedish Medical Center (Seattle). The Swedish Orthopedic Institute spans four of Swedish Medical Center's Washington campuses in Seattle, Edmonds and Issaquah. The institute employs more than 80 surgeons who perform more than 5,000 joint replacement procedures each year. CareChex named Swedish Medical Center among its top 50 hospitals for major orthopedic surgery for 2019, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated the health system's Edmonds campus a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacements.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Orthopedic surgeons at Tampa General Hospital perform more than 4,000 inpatient procedures each year, including more than 500 knee replacements and more than 400 hip replacements in 2017. Eighty-nine percent of patients who stayed at Tampa General Hospital's joint center said they would recommend the hospital's care, according to the facility's quality data for 2017. U.S. News & World Report named Tampa General Hospital among its top 50 hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound. The Advanced Joint Replacement Center is one of the latest specialty services to join Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, which opened less than a decade ago in 2010. Today, the Advanced Joint Replacement Center boasts eight operating rooms in the hospital's 325,000-square-foot building and employs six surgeons, with four hip and knee replacement surgeons and three shoulder surgeons.

Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston). Texas Orthopedic Hospital was founded in 1995, and today its orthopedic surgeons perform more than 2,400 joint replacements annually. These surgeons are trained in a variety of specialties, including seven physicians specializing in hip replacements, seven specializing in knee replacements and two specializing in shoulder surgery. Texas Orthopedic Hospital ranked No. 15 on CareChex's list of top hospitals for major orthopedic surgery for 2019.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (Dallas). Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children opened in 1921 to treat children with polio. Since then, the hospital has broadened its focus to other orthopedic conditions, with centers for excellence in scoliosis and spine conditions, limb lengthening, and sports medicine. In October 2018, the hospital opened its second location in Frisco, Texas, dubbed the Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 3 in the nation for pediatric orthopedic surgery for 2018-19.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (Philadelphia). Orthopedic surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals — including physicians at the health system's Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center, Abington (Pa.) Orthopedic & Spine Institute and Philadelphia-based Rothman Institute — perform more than 61,000 procedures each year. The 180-plus physicians at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, which ranked No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19, perform more than 3,000 spine procedures and an estimated 13,000 hip and knee replacements annually.

UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento). The orthopedic surgery department at UC Davis Medical Center has a nearly 50-year history, beginning in 1969. Today, the orthopedic program counts two foot and ankle specialists and three hand and upper extremity surgeons among its clinical staff, along with maintaining a clinical pediatric service through a collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children-Northern California in Sacramento. U.S. News & World Report named UC Davis Medical Center among its top 50 hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19.

UC San Diego Health-Jacobs Medical Center (La Jolla, Calif.). UC San Diego Health completed construction on Jacobs Medical Center in 2016. The 10-story, 509,500-square-foot facility boasts 10 operating rooms for various advanced surgical procedures, including orthopedics, and two surgeons at Jacobs Medical Center are the primary physicians offering spine and joint services at the facility. U.S. News & World Report named Jacobs Medical Center among its top 50 hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19.

UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora). Orthopedic surgeons at University of Colorado Hospital practice at the facility's orthopedics clinic. These surgeons perform more than 4,000 orthopedic procedures each year, placing an emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration. The hospital's limb restoration program, for example, brings together infectious disease, rehabilitation and orthopedic trauma specialists, among other practitioners. U.S. News & World Report named University of Colorado Hospital among its top 50 hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19.

UCLA Health (Los Angeles). The orthopedic program at UCLA Health comprises 41 physicians who practice across six locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Calif. The UCLA Joint Replacement Center boasts a nearly 50-year history, with surgeons performing the health system's first hip arthroplasty in 1969 and its first total knee arthroplasty in 1977. Today, UCLA Health maintains academic and clinical affiliations with various neighboring hospitals, including the Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles and the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center.

UCSF Health (San Francisco). The Orthopaedic Institute at UCSF Health comprises 15 separate clinics focused on a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including cartilage repair, orthopedic trauma and prosthetics services. The health system's orthopedics program employs 30 surgeons, seven of whom specialize in arthritis and joint replacement and four of whom specialize in foot and ankle procedures. UCSF Medical Center ranked No. 7 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City). Orthopedic surgeons at the 811-bed University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics perform more than 7,000 operations each year. The hospital's orthopedic program includes the joint replacement clinic, where six orthopedic surgeons in Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa, treat patients with hip and knee damage. University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's list of top hospitals for adult orthopedics for 2018-19, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association designated the health system a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacements.

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City, Kan.). The University of Kansas School of Medicine's orthopedic faculty provide care for the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and University of Kansas athletes. The University of Kansas Health System has a robust sports medicine center, including a 9,000-square-foot sports performance facility and specialized concussion management services.

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital (Lexington). UK Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine provides orthopedic care to patients at several locations across Kentucky. Chandler Hospital is a level 1 trauma center with fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, and the hospital also includes a cartilage restoration center. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital No. 1 in Kentucky and among the top 50 in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson). The University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center partners with the physicians of Towson Orthopaedic Associates to provide orthopedic care. The specialists see more than 25,000 patients annually from around the world for routine treatment, surgical advancements and participation in clinical trials. More than 1,600 patients receive joint replacements at the hospital each year, with half returning home the same day of surgery.

University of Minnesota Medical Center (Minneapolis). The University of Minnesota Medical Center includes 51 orthopedic surgeons who treat a variety of orthopedic injuries and conditions. The hospital partners with Tria Orthopaedic Center as well as other hospitals around the state to provide clinics and surgical suites at a convenient location. The hospital was designated a Blue Distinction Centers+ for knee and hip surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and its specialists care for the University of Minnesota Gophers athletes. In addition to staying on the forefront of sports medicine and joint replacements, the department recently upgraded its spine imaging to include technology to take 3D models of the musculoskeletal systems. U.S. News & World Report ranked University of Minnesota Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

University of Tennessee Medical Center (Knoxville). UT Medical Center orthopedic surgeons have performed more than 8,500 total joint replacements since the program launched, and they continue to add new technology and techniques to achieve better outcomes. To ensure quality, the hospital participates in Project JOINTS as an Exemplar Hospital, offering tips for implementing evidence-based practices to prevent surgical site infections. UT is the only level 1 trauma center in East Tennessee, often seeing the most difficult orthopedic injuries from around the region. The hospital earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Center+ designation for hip and knee replacement.

UW Health (Madison). UW Health includes five fellowship-trained joint replacement surgeons and four general orthopedic surgeons who are an integral part of the health system's care team. UW Health also provides orthopedic oncology and trauma services, as well as nonoperative musculoskeletal care. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville). Surgeons in the division of adult reconstruction at the University of Virginia Medical Center perform more than 1,000 joint replacements annually, many of which are minimally invasive. Blue Cross Blue Shield Association honored UVA Orthopedics as a Blue Distinction Center for hip and knee replacement, and The Joint Commission certified the hospital's department for knee and hip replacements. The UVA sports medicine team provides care for the university's athletic teams. The hospital also has a robust spine team in the UVA division of orthopedic spine surgery, focusing on research and care for all ages. More than 1,500 spine procedures are performed each year at the hospital.

University Hospital (Augusta, Ga.). University Hospital recently invested $9 million in expanding its orthopedic floor to include 45 private patient rooms. The hospital's Orthopedic & Spine Center has earned national recognition as an Aetna Institute of Quality for total joint replacement and spine surgery. University Hospital also earned Blue Cross Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Center+ designation for knee and hip replacements, as well as spine surgery.

University Hospitals (Cleveland). University Hospitals has a large orthopedics department including 90 orthopedic surgeons who perform 17,758 orthopedic surgeries per year. UH also has a robust total joint replacement program, in which surgeons perform around 4,496 procedures annually. University Hospitals is the official healthcare provider for the Cleveland Browns, and the International Olympic Committee has selected UH physicians to treat Olympic athletes. In addition to surgical specialties, the hospital provides joint preservation and cartilage restoration to repair damaged joints.

University Hospital-Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor). The University of Michigan Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Center has more than 250 physicians and hundreds of care providers focused on orthopedic surgery and pain management, among other disciplines. The center includes more than 50 patient care clinics and 22 facilities supporting around 300,000 patient visits annually. U.S. News & World Report ranked University Hospital-Michigan Medicine among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

UW Medical Center (Seattle). UW Medicine Sports, Spine & Orthopedic Health aims to provide comprehensive surgical and nonsurgical care for orthopedic and sports medicine patients. In addition to providing care, the center's specialists engage in research to study injuries and treatments, enabling them to offer innovative care solutions. Members of the hospital's sports medicine team provide care for the Seattle Seahawks, the UW Huskies and Seattle marathon participants. U.S. News & World Report ranked UW Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

UPMC (Pittsburgh). UPMC Orthopaedic Care specialists focus on extremities, general orthopedics and joint replacement procedures. The department's specialists also perform more than 1,500 spine, neck and back surgeries each year. Known for innovation, UPMC has received grants from the National Institutes of Health for orthopedic research and clinical trials. The department of orthopedic surgery has 13 research laboratories that examine projects related to minimally invasive treatments and stem cell technologies, among other topics. UPMC is also the official medical provider for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. The health system's UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report's top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas). The UT Southwestern Medical Center department of orthopedic surgery provides care for orthopedic trauma, degenerative conditions, sports injuries and joint replacements. In addition to providing clinical care, the specialists are engaged in the orthopedics department's clinical research program, examining surgical solutions as well as new technologies. The department includes 21 physicians and surgeons. U.S. News & World Report ranked UT Southwestern Medical Center among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Vanderbilt University Medical Center's orthopedics department includes 27 orthopedic surgeons who perform around 12,000 surgeries per year. In addition to providing quality orthopedic care with a 0 to 1.3 percent readmission rate and a 0.6 to 0.7 percent surgical-site infection rate, the hospital is a leader in bundled payment models. Vanderbilt has had functioning pathways and bundles for three years, which has led to shorter lengths of stay and improved quality outcomes. The hospital has shifted several procedures to the outpatient setting and currently discharges 93 percent of its 1,250 total joint replacement patients home. U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt University Medical Center No. 30 on its list of top hospitals for orthopedic surgery.

VCU Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). The VCU Medical Center orthopedics department includes 24 physicians focused on orthopedic surgery and care. Over the past 10 months, the department averaged 540 surgeries per month and has conducted 793 total joint replacements this year so far. The hospital also provides urgent orthopedic care locations across its care coverage region. As a result, the hospital decreased the average wait time to see orthopedic providers to seven days.U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for orthopedic surgery in 2018-19.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.). Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers an outpatient total joint replacement program in addition to its 16-room joint replacement unit that allows for hospital stays. In addition to providing clinical care, the department has a robust research program supported by the Department of Defense, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. Current projects include bioengineered meniscal replacements and participation in the Defense Department's Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium. The department includes 71 care providers.

 

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