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Erie County Medical Center Named in America’s Top 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

ECMC again recognized as among top 5% in the U.S. for overall Orthopedic Services, according to Healthgrades

BUFFALO, NY— Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation today announced that it is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, according to new research released by  Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.  This achievement reflects ECMC’s outstanding clinical outcomes for Orthopedic Surgery and puts ECMC in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall Orthopedic services.  ECMC was also honored with the 2023 Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™, a Five-Star rating in Total Knee Replacement for 2 years in a row (2022-2023), a Five-Star rating for Hip Fracture Treatment for 13 years in a row (2011-2023) and a 2023 Five-Star Distinction in Total Hip Replacement.

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., PhD, ECMC President and CEO, said, “As a leader in Western New York’s orthopedic care, ECMC has now achieved the Healthgrades designation as being among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery. This highly regarded national survey affirms that some of the best orthopedic care for patients in the nation is right here at ECMC, in our hometown.  We are extremely proud of our doctors, nurses and support staff who care for our orthopedic patients every day, providing them with national best-in-class orthopedic care.”

Dr. Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Head of Data Science, Healthgrades said, “We commend ECMC for their ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients undergoing orthopedic. Consumers can feel confident that America’s 100 Best Hospitals for orthopedic surgery have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”

Healthgrades evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country to identify the top-performing hospitals for specialty care.  This year’s analysis revealed significant variation in patient outcomes between America’s 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and hospitals that did not receive this distinction.  From 2019-2021, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery Award have, on average, a 41.6% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

Consumers can visit to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. Click here to view the complete 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology.

About Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation: The ECMC Corporation was established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has included an advanced academic medical center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility. ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo. Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan. More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences – the difference between healthcare and true care.

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