Great Falls Hospital announced during its open house it has achieved numerous accolades for clinical excellence, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. Among Great Falls Hospital’s distinctions are Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, Top 10% of the nation for Joint Replacement, and two five-star ratings for services such as Knee Replacement and Hip Replacement. These achievements place Great Falls Hospital in the upper echelon of hospitals nationally for specialty care and reflect the organization’s commitment to consistently delivering the best care possible.
“We are proud that the Great Falls Hospital is the only hospital in Montana and Wyoming combined to achieve the Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement,” said Wayne Gillis, Chief Executive Officer at Great Falls Hospital. “Being recognized by Healthgrades again this year is a strong testament to our entire team who all strive each day to provide the highest quality patient care to our community, which we are so privileged to serve.”
Healthgrades found that patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average, a 65.5% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. The 2024 Healthgrades analysis revealed that the variation in performance among hospitals continues to widen, making it increasingly important to seek care at top-rated programs. From 2020 through 2022, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to five-star hospitals, on average, 215,667 lives could potentially have been saved, and 149,521 patients could have avoided potential complications. *
Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and complications. By focusing on what matters most, patient outcomes, Healthgrades ratings provide critical feedback for both patients and hospitals. By offering easy access to objective performance measures, Healthgrades gives consumers the information they need to find a hospital that excels in providing the care they need. And, by shining a light on strengths and weaknesses, Healthgrades ratings help direct hospitals to opportunities for clinical improvement. The 2024 hospital assessment evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 35 common conditions and procedures at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to identify the top performers.
“Healthgrades congratulates Great Falls Hospital for being a national leader and demonstrating a deep commitment to providing high quality care to all patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Your dedication, expertise, and tireless efforts have not only set you apart but have also positively impacted the lives of countless patients.”
About Great Falls Hospital
In 1917, four visionary medical leaders opened a world-class comprehensive health care center, with an integrated team of specialists and a personal approach to wellness—far from an urban center. Today, the Great Falls Clinic provides diverse specialty medical clinics, urgent care clinics, primary care, cancer center, and highly specialized surgical services. The Great Falls Clinic and Hospital are committed to improving the health and wellness of our community by striving to provide the best healthcare possible.
As a provider-led organization, the Clinic is committed to recruiting the exemplary medical staff members, harnessing the power of the latest medical technologies, continually striving for advancement, and above all, working as a team to meet the health needs of the 250,000 residents living in Central Montana.
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