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Jose Marina, D.O., examines the knee of patient Pedro Cantu during a consultation.

For the fourth consecutive year (2009-2012), Mission Regional Medical Center has been recognized with a 5-star rating for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes.

According to the report, patients in the area are increasingly seeking such quality information online, with nearly 90,000 patient visits to in the past year. And for good reason: Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications.

“This reflects the hard work and dedication of our staff at all levels of the organization at Mission Regional Medical Center, as well as the skill and quality of our medical staff,” said Javier Iruegas, CEO, Mission Regional Medical Center. “Ensuring successful outcomes is how we earn the trust of our patients. This gives our patients the assurance that, at Mission Regional, they’re going to get the best possible care.”

“As an orthopedic surgeon, these ratings affirm the quality of care we provide to patients day in and day out,” said Jose Marina, DO. “But more importantly, it helps people who need orthopedic care make more informed decisions about where to get their care,” added Marina.

This year, Mission Regional Medical Center established The Joint Replacement Institute for individuals undergoing Total Hip Replacement or Total Knee Replacement surgery. The Joint Institute prepares patients for surgery in all aspects, physically and mentally, to ensure optimal outcomes after surgery and to promote a speedier recovery.

“Patients today have a wide array of options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades Chief Executive Officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Mission Regional for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Rio Grande Valley.”

Other key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

  • Patients, on average, had a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.
  • Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an in-hospital complication than the national average.