Newswise — (Baltimore, MD) -- A recognized leader in the field of orthopedic medicine, Mercy Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, Joint Replacement and Spine Surgery, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

The Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation cites Mercy as among the top 5 percent in the nation for overall orthopedic surgery (three consecutive years, 2020, 2019, 2018) spine surgery (2020, 2019, 2018) and joint replacement (2020).

Mercy received a “5-star” rating, indicating the 145-year-old hospital’s clinical outcomes in these orthopedic specialties are statistically better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. Further, regards quality of patient experience, Mercy rated 10% higher than the national average.

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.  Mercy achieved “superior clinical outcomes” in knee and hip replacement; in back, neck surgery, hip fracture treatment, total knee, and spinal fusion procedures, among others.

“Mercy has a strong reputation in the field of orthopedic, joint replacement and spinal surgery, receiving many awards for excellence over the years. The Healthgrades recognition is further evidence of Mercy’s leadership role in orthopedic medicine,” said Thomas R. Mullen, President and CEO, Mercy Health Services, Mercy Medical Center.

Healthgrades achievements recognize hospitals that consistently deliver outstanding clinical outcomes in key service areas. Patients treated in hospitals that received one or more of these clinical distinctions have a significantly lower risk of dying or experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in a hospital that did not.

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in orthopedic surgery should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” said Brad Bowman, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”

Mercy was recently ranked as one of the top midsize employers in the nation by Forbes magazine for the third consecutive year. Mercy Medical Center has been awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s spring and fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the U.S. Mercy was also recently recognized by Healthgrades for achievements in Women’s Health, earning the 5-Star designation for hysterectomy, gynecologic procedures, and vaginal delivery, as well as special recognition for superior performance in gynecologic surgery.

Founded in 1874 by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated medical facility named a “Top Hospital” by U.S. News and World Report and has a national reputation for women’s health care. Mercy is home to the renowned Weinberg Center for Women’s Health and Medicine, now celebrating its 25th anniversary. For more information, visit Mercy’s website at, visit MDMercyMedia on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.