West Valley Medical Center is honored to be the recipient of a Healthgrades’ Joint Replacement Excellence Award for 2017 — a designation that places the hospital in the top 10 percent of health care facilities nationwide for joint replacement surgery. Healthgrades, a leading online health care resource, announced its annual awards and ratings October 18.

West Valley exceled in its delivery of orthopedic and spine care in the 2017 rankings. In addition to the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, the Caldwell hospital received a five-star designation in knee replacement surgery for a third consecutive year (2015-17) and added a new five-star designation for back surgery (2017).

West Valley’s orthopedic and spine specialists perform more than 2,300 surgeries each year at the hospital. These surgeons have extensive experience with total joint replacements of the knee, hip and shoulder, as well as the treatment of cervical and lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis and compression fractures. The hospital opened an 11-bed orthopedic and spine recovery unit in 2012 and offers patients a dedicated ortho-spine service line coordinator who follows them through every step of their stay to maximize recovery.

“We are very proud to once again earn these designations from this nationally recognized group; it exemplifies our commitment and our passion for providing high-quality health care to our growing community,” said Ron Folwell, director of quality for West Valley Medical Center. “We thank our physicians and staff for fostering a safe and healing environment for our patients.”

West Valley is also proud to announce its new Healthgrades’ five-star designation in the treatment of heart attack (2017). This award is a testament to the hospital’s commitment to provide expert cardiac care closer to home for western Treasure Valley residents. The hospital opened a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab in February 2016 and recently became the only hospital in the Treasure Valley to be accredited in the treatment of chest pain, heart failure and atrial fibrillation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

In addition to these awards, West Valley is proud to announce the following ratings from Healthgrades:

  • Second consecutive five-star designation for treatment of sepsis (2016-17)
  • Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award – top 10 percent in the nation (2017)
  • Five-star designation for colorectal surgery (2017)
  • Five-star designation for treatment of respiratory failure (2017)

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 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation with detailed cohort-specific outcomes data, hospital-specific quality achievements and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality