Iowa Specialty Hospital

Named Among High Performing Hospitals

August 27, 2018

On August 14, 2018, Iowa Specialty Hospital – Clarion was named among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 High Performing Hospitals for knee replacement services.

Of the more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated by the health ranking team, barely one fourth earned even a single “High Performing” rating.  Generally speaking, a hospital must score in the top 20% nationwide, and sometimes in the top 10%, for a particular medical specialty, procedure, or condition to earn a High Performing rating for that type of care.

“It’s an honor to be recognized among these other hospitals for knee replacement services,” said Steve Simonin, Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics President & CEO.  “We have an amazing orthopedic program in place, but it boils down to the dedication of our providers and staff, all focusing on the best outcomes for our patients.  From the initial education class to the discharge details, the goal is to get patients back to their active lives.”

“I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing program and work alongside the great team of providers and staff,” stated Alison Angstrom, Orthopedic Program Director. “They truly make each patient their number one priority.”

Iowa Specialty Hospital partners with Orthopedics Specialists based in Fort Dodge for its orthopedic program which includes services such as joint replacement, spinal surgery, and sports medicine.  Their providers include Emile Li, MD, Mark Palit, MD, Gautam Kakade, MD, Andrew Odland, MD, Matt Moritz, PA-C, Kristina Johnson, PA-C, and Ben Becker, PA-C.  

To help patients decide where to receive care, U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area.

U.S. News estimates that nearly 2 million hospital inpatients a year face the prospect of surgery or special care. The rankings are tools that can help such patients find sources of especially skilled inpatient care. Hospitals that are not nationally ranked but scored high enough in a specialty to put them in the top 10 percent of the analyzed centers are recognized as high performing.

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