MedStar Union Memorial knee surgeons accept an award for high surgical quality. Pictured, left to right: President Brad Chambers; Kenneth Tepper, MD; Les Matthews, MD; Robert McKinstry, MD; Henry Boucher, MD; Richard Levine, MD; Frank Ebert, MD; Richard Hinton, MD; Vice President of Medical Affairs Stuart Bell, MD and MedStar Health Vice President, Quality and Safety, David Mayer, MD.

Most patients assume that they will get the highest level of care, regardless of the hospital they choose. It is comforting to know that the trust between a patient and their physician is supported by science, research and awards. The orthopedic program at MedStar Union Memorial is proud of the following accomplishments:

MedStar Union Memorial is recognized as a top orthopedic program by U.S. News and World Report.

high-performing-indicator-orthopedicsMedStar Union Memorial was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best regional hospitals for Orthopedics. For more than 30 years, MedStar Union Memorial Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has been providing superior joint, muscle, bone and sports-related care to the Baltimore region.

Spine Surgery and Hip and Knee Surgery programs earn advanced certification from The Joint Commission.

TJC_GoldSeal_4color - 149x149MedStar Union Memorial was the first hospital in the state of Maryland to receive spine certification by The Joint Commission (TJC). MedStar Union Memorial underwent a rigorous on-site survey for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Hospitals that meet TJC’s rigorous standards demonstrate a consistent approach to care, reducing the risk of error.

“We are very proud of this achievement,” said Paul Asdourian, MD, spine surgeon at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. “It speaks to our multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of spinal disorders. It’s a testament to the commitment of our nursing staff, rehab clinicians, physiatrists, pain management specialists, orthopedists, and neurosurgeons to provide state-of-the-art spine care whether it is nonsurgical or surgical. We are very grateful for this recognition.”


Learn more about Spine Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial.

In addition to recognizing the hospital’s orthopedic spine program, the commission renewed their advanced certification for MedStar Union Memorial’s hip and knee program. The Joint Commission’s Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Certification is awarded for a two-year period.

Learn more about Joint Replacement at MedStar Union Memorial.

Blue Cross Blue Shield recently named MedStar Union Memorial a Blue Distinction Center+ for hip and knee replacement and spine surgery.

This designation means that we met overall quality measures that emphasize patient safety and outcomes, as well as cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.BDC+_KneeHip 500 BDC+_Spine 500

MedStar Union Memorial’s spine patients self-report functional improvement after surgery.

Our volume demonstrates our experience and our outcomes illustrate our excellence.

Evidence shows that 93 percent of discectomy patients self-reported functional improvement after surgery, as did 85 percent of lumbar fusion patients and 84 percent of cervical fusion patients. This pioneering, patient-generated outcomes research uses the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and the Neck Disability Index (NDI), the most commonly-used validated measures.

These charts provide an overview of post-surgical outcomes, as well as 30-day readmission rates that are better than the national average. Our physicians actively analyze and adopt best practices based upon outcomes-driven protocols.

Oswestry Disability index scores

30day readmission

This ongoing research quantifies the excellence of MedStar Union Memorial’s spine program. Learn more about Spine Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial.

U.S. News and World Report ranks MedStar Union Memorial as “high performing” in knee replacement.

Knee replacement is one of U.S. News and World Report’s “Common Care” procedures. The common care standards are meant to help consumers see how well their local hospitals stand up to close scrutiny. Working with Medicare data, the U.S. News team spent over a year analyzing more than 5 million patient records to assess outcomes at some 4,000 hospitals across the U.S. and its territories. In comparing hospitals, U.S. News took into account each patient’s health conditions, age, sex, socioeconomic status and other risk factors.

Learn more about Knee Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial

MedStar Union Memorial surgeons are ranked #1 for hip replacement by ProPublica.

ProPublica, an independent, non-profit group of investigative journalists, recently released a “scorecard” for all surgeons across the country. For orthopedics, ProPublica compiled data on hip replacements, knee replacements, and spinal fusions. MedStar Union Memorial surgeons ranked highly for all orthopedic procedures, and among all hospitals within 25 miles, ranked #1 in hip replacement. Learn more about Hip Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial.

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