Kadlec a Healthgrades Five-Star Recipient in Total Joint Replacement and Treatment of Sepsis

Richland, Wash. – Kadlec today announced that it has achieved 5-stars for its performance in Total Hip Replacement (for the third year in a row) and Treatment of Sepsis (for the eleventh year in a row) from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care. This achievement is part of new findings and data released today by Healthgrades and is featured in the Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally. This variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.** A 5-star rating indicates that Kadlec’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

“At Kadlec, our mission is to provide safe, compassionate care. It’s nice to see our values reflected in the scores we receive from organizations like Healthgrades. We are proud to see our Joint Care Program and Intensive Care Unit recognized with these 5-star ratings once again this year.”

“Hospitals that have achieved Healthgrades 5-stars have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality care for their patients,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades. “In an environment where consumers have more choices about where to receive their care, a hospital’s commitment to achieving a superior degree of quality for their patients is more important than ever.” 

Total Hip Replacement
Kadlec was the first hospital in the region to be certified as a Center of Excellence for Total Hip Replacement and Total Knee Replacement by The Joint Commission in 2013, adding Total Shoulder Replacement certification in 2016.  Kadlec is currently the only facility in the Pacific Northwest to hold all three Gold Seals of Approval, demonstrating our commitment to a higher standard in providing safe, quality care for patients having total joint replacement.  Kadlec has also been designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement since 2016, offering more affordable care in addition to demonstrating quality, treatment expertise and better patient results.  Current quality improvement efforts center on minimally invasive surgical techniques, advanced anesthesia practices, early therapy and rapid recovery, and excellent pain control using minimal opioids.

Treatment of Sepsis
Kadlec uses a multi-disciplinary approach to prevent and treat sepsis. A Kadlec team of physicians and nurses from the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, along with a lab phlebotomist, identify the patient as they arrive in the ED and then call a Shock Team activation so that patients receive all of the sepsis bundle elements quickly. This bundle includes drawing blood cultures, starting antibiotics and assuring that the patient receives adequate fluid to support blood pressure and prevent organ failure. 

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.


About Kadlec

Kadlec is a not-for-profit health system serving residents in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon.  Founded in 1944, Kadlec has a rich heritage of offering vital health services to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay.  Kadlec has grown into a regional referral center providing primary and specialty care services for patients of all ages.  Flagship services include comprehensive cardiac care, neurosurgery and neurology, neonatal and pediatrics, rural and emergency medicine.  Kadlec provides rural telehealth services in partnership with clinics and hospitals in southeast Washington and northeast Oregon. Today, more than 3,500 employees work at Kadlec in the main hospital, or in primary and specialty care physician clinics throughout the region.  In June, 2014, Kadlec affiliated with Providence Health & Services, now Providence St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 50 hospitals in seven states. Kadlec has joined a secular, non-religious division of Providence, sharing service-driven missions around providing care to those in need. For more information, visit www.kadlec.org.


**Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

By: Nikki Ostergaard, Communication Manager