2016 Best Hospitals award winner: Women say Ingalls is tops in orthopedics care

Ingalls Hospital recently celebrated its 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics with a special reception at the Flossmoor Family Care Center.

The well-attended event featured a special award presentation with orthopedic surgeon and Ingalls Orthopedics Chair Joseph Thometz, M.D.

The evidence-based Women’s Choice designation is the only orthopedics award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that reflects exceptional clinical performance – and what women say they want from a hospital.

Women like Michelle Pruitt of Oak Forest, who at age 47, underwent an anterior hip replacement at Ingalls in February and just days after surgery, walked without an assistive device. Or 73-year-old JoAnn Staulcup of Tinley Park who, despite shattering her left shoulder in a fall, regained full use following reverse shoulder replacement at Ingalls last year. Or 17-year-old Lauren Clay, whose severely curved spine was straightened during highly delicate spinal fusion surgery at Ingalls in June 2015. Women like these and countless others give Ingalls orthopedics high marks for quality!

“When it comes to health care, women are typically the primary decision makers as to where their family receives care,” said Kurt Johnson, Ingalls President and CEO. “We’re thrilled that that women in our area rate Ingalls tops for superior orthopedics care. I congratulate our entire team for achieving this exceptional award.”

The list of 426 award winners, including Ingalls, represents hospitals that have provided exceptional patient care and treatment, signifying their commitment to meeting the highest standards in orthopedics for women, their families and their community.

The 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopedics provide comprehensive orthopedics services, indicating a minimal number of arthroscopy, joint replacements and spine surgery services, as well as offering onsite MRI and physical therapy. Each was selected for its superior performance in areas such as post-treatment complications, patient recommendation ratings – through the Hospital Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey – and adequate post-surgical care.

Orthopedic and spine surgeons at Ingalls treat knees, hips, shoulders, spines, ankles, feet and hands with some of the latest technology available anywhere, including computer-assisted navigation for pinpoint accuracy. That means less pain, a faster recovery and better range of motion after surgery.

“Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one’s health, well-being, and healing so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care for their patients, with a special focus on the needs and preferences of women,” says Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award.