Mercy Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals

Mercy Hospital Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals For Orthopedic Surgery

Hospital Holds Award Celebration for Staff and Physicians

Mercy Best Ortho Surgery

Mercy Hospital physicians, nurses and staff recently gathered for a special award ceremony for being named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery. The celebration, held at the hospital on April 6, also recognized the hospital’s ranking as top 5% of hospitals in the nation for Overall Orthopedic Services, as well as 5-star highest quality ratings for total knee replacement, total hip replacement, treatment of hip fracture, and spinal fusion surgery.

The awards were presented by Healthgrades®, the nation’s leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Providing remarks at the presentation were Dr. David Bevilacqua, Chairman of Catholic Health, Department of Orthopedics; Christina Kane, Ed.D., MS, OTR, VP of Catholic Health’s Musculoskeletal Service Line; Mercy Hospital President & CEO C.J. Urlaub; and Shari McDonald, RN, MSN, VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Linda Wojcio, Senior Director of Client Development at Healthgrades, was on hand for the award presentation.

“These awards are not achieved by accident and are most certainly earned not awarded,” said Linda Wojcio as she addressed the group at the awards ceremony. “They are a reflection of the culture of the hospital, focused on Quality and Patient Safety demonstrated as your hospital’s top priorities and are a reflection of the tireless effort and dedication of the entire team here at Mercy Hospital. This achievement underlines the commitment of everyone at the hospital —physicians, nurses and your healthcare team— to deliver outstanding patient outcomes.”

Healthgrades evaluates approximately 40 million Medicare records from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Using a star rating system, the healthcare research firm identifies hospitals with better than expected (five stars), as expected (three stars), or worse than expected (one star) performance in a number of categories. According to their findings, patients treated at a five-star hospital for a particular procedure have a lower risk of dying or developing an in-hospital complication than if they were treated at a one-star rated hospital for the same procedure.

“This achievement is a testament of the hard work and dedication to excellence by our entire healthcare team who enable Mercy Hospital to receive this national recognition,” said C.J. Urlaub, hospital president & CEO. “These awards let our patients and community know that the orthopedic services available at Mercy Hospital are among the best available.”

Catholic Health’s Kenmore Mercy Hospital was also named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery in 2016. Mercy and Kenmore Mercy Hospitals were the only two hospitals in the Buffalo region to achieve these quality ratings by Healthgrades.

For additional details on the methodology for selecting the America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award and other quality ratings, please see the complete Healthgrades 2016 Report to the Nation, at

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, part of Catholic Health, is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in Western New York. Mercy Hospital is home to the Catholic Health Heart Center, providing a full range of cardiac care services, including heart surgery, cardiac catheterization and other minimally-invasive cardiology procedures. It is also the area’s only Joint Commission-accredited Comprehensive Stroke Center with capabilities to treat the most complex stroke cases. Mercy was named one of America’s Top 50 Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and Top 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery by HealthGrades®. The hospital is also home to a state-of-the-art Emergency Center and Family BirthPlace, featuring a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The 389-bed acute care hospital’s Emergency Center is one of the region’s most advanced emergency care centers with 32 private treatment rooms and a rooftop heliport. A leader in advanced medical technology, Mercy was one of the first hospitals in the region to offer patients the daVinci Robotic Surgical System giving surgeons a precise tool to perform delicate, minimally-invasive surgery. Mercy also offers a wide array of outpatient, primary care, diagnostic and rehabilitation services at convenient locations throughout the area, including 24/7 emergency care at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center (MACC) in Orchard Park. Founded over 100 years ago by the Sisters of Mercy, the hospital is committed to medical excellence with an ongoing mission to reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need.