Jefferson Health in New Jersey Receives Healthgrades Five-Star Ratings for Orthopedics, Gastrointestinal and Critical Care Outcomes

October 22, 2019

Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals, in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and Washington Township, recently received five-star ratings for 2020 in orthopedics, gastrointestinal, and critical care outcomes, according to a national report released by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

In particular, Jefferson Health’s New Jersey-based hospitals received the following distinctions:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for two years in a row (2019-20)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment in 2020
  • Five-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for two years in a row (2019-20)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for two years in a row (2019-20)

A five-star rating indicates that Jefferson Health in New Jersey’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

These achievements are part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data.

Variation in care has a significant impact on health outcomes. From 2016-2018, Healthgrades says that if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 220,019 lives could potentially have been saved and 149,403 complications could potentially have been avoided.*

“Consumers have many choices when it comes to choosing a hospital where to receive care and the choice can be a matter of life and death,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “The hospitals that have been recognized as 5-star rated for specific procedures and conditions stand out above the rest for the ongoing dedication and commitment to providing exceptional care to their patients.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

Jefferson Health’s New Jersey hospitals were also recently recognized by Healthgrades for the following clinical achievements in patient safety:

  • Recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for two years in a row (2018-19)
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the U.S. for Patient Safety in 2019
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the U.S. for Patient Safety for two years in a row (2018-19)

 * Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.