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Alaska Regional Hospital Ranked No. 1 For Spine Surgery, Orthopedics, Joint Replacement

Anchorage, AK (December 13, 2011) – Alaska Regional Hospital was ranked No. 1 for spine surgery in Alaska, according to a report released by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings company that annually ranks patient care and quality outcomes.  The hospital was also rated No. 1 in Alaska for overall orthopedic services for the fourth year in a row, and No. 1 for joint replacement for the sixth year in a row.

Annie Holt, Alaska Regional Hospital CEO said, “At Alaska Regional, we are completely dedicated to providing compassionate, state-of-the-art healthcare. This recognition is a tremendous honor. We constantly strive for clinical excellence, optimal outcomes and empowering patient choice in everything we do for every patient.”

Each year, HealthGrades releases a comprehensive evaluation of hospital care using 40 million hospital records obtained from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This study, the largest of its kind, establishes quality ratings for each hospital based on risk adjusted rates of mortality and in-hospital complications in 27 procedures and diagnoses. For each procedure and diagnosis, hospitals are assigned a 5-star (best), 3-star (as expected), or 1-star (poor) rating.

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