News | Published May 13, 2010

Joint Replacement Program at Mount Nittany Ranked Number One in PA

Mount Nittany Medical Center has been ranked in the top 5% of the nation for joint replacement, and is a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for orthopedic joint replacement care. Mount Nittany is also ranked number one in the state of Pennsylvania for joint replacement based on a recent study by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. The HealthGrades study evaluates objective patient outcomes in the nation’s 5,000 hospitals.

In addition, Mount Nittany Medical Center’s orthopedic program received the highest five-star ratings from HealthGrades for overall orthopedic services, joint replacement, total knee replacement and total hip replacement.

A wide variation in quality exists among American hospitals, according to the twelfth annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study. Patients were 80 percent less likely to experience a major complication in 5-star rated hospitals when compared with 1-star rated hospitals across a range of procedures studied such as knee replacement and hip replacement surgeries. Top-performing hospitals also dramatically outperformed the national average, with patients experiencing, on average, 61 percent fewer inhospital complications among the procedures studied.

The study also found that if all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital, 110,687 orthopedic inhospital complications may have been avoided among Medicare patients over the three years studied.

The 2010 HealthGrades hospital ratings are posted at, HealthGrades’ public website. A celebration of the success will be held on May 21 at the Medical Center.