Caldwell, ID — West Valley Medical Center is honored to be the recipient of its fifth consecutive Healthgrades five-star designation for total knee replacement procedures (2015-19). Healthgrades, a leading online health care resource, announced its 2019 annual awards and ratings October 23.

West Valley's continued success in the area of orthopedics can be attributed in part to a simultaneous focus on both patient safety and individualized care. The hospital offers patients a Rapid Recovery procedure for knee replacements, which preserves more of the existing bone and results in less damage to the quadriceps muscle. This technique — combined with West Valley's pre-surgery education classes, dedicated 11-bed orthopedic recovery unit and ortho-spine service line coordinator — allows patients a faster and less painful return to their active lifestyles.

"We are very proud to once again earn this designation from this nationally recognized group; it exemplifies our commitment and our passion for providing high-quality health care to our growing community," said Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer for West Valley Medical Center. "We thank our physicians and staff for fostering a safe and healing environment for our patients."

In addition to the five-star designation for total knee replacement procedures, West Valley is proud to announce the following ratings from Healthgrades:

  • Fourth consecutive Five-Star designation for treatment of sepsis (2016-19).
  • Third consecutive Five-Star designation for treatment of respiratory failure (2017-19).
  • Second consecutive Five-Star designation for treatment of gastrointestinal bleed (2018-19).
  • Second consecutive Five-Star designation for gallbladder removal surgery (2018-19).
  • Five-Star designation for treatment of heart attack in 2019.

West Valley is the recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades for two years on a row (2017-18), placing the hospital in the top 10 percent of health care facilities for safety nationwide. This award is announced each spring.

Healthgrades is an online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals. For its annual "Report to the Nation," the organization evaluated about 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements and detailed study methodology can be found at Healthgrades.