UVA Orthopedics honored among top Orthopedics Programs in the nation
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Medical Center's Department of Orthopedic Surgery was named in Becker's Hospital Review's list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedics programs, according to a news release from UVA Health.
UVA Orthopedics has received this national award for six consecutive years.
Editors of Becker's Hospital Review note that the programs honored are recognized for quality care and patient satisfaction.
"These programs highlighted have rich histories of innovation and have won grants to research musculoskeletal treatments," Becker's Hospital Review editors wrote.
Becker's noted that surgical infection rates at UVA were better than the national average in 2018 in its write up on UVA Orthopedics. The average length of stay for hip fracture patients was also better than the national average.
Dr. Bobby Chhabra, chair of UVA's Department of Orthopedic Surgery, said their knowledge and team make them stand out.
"We have eight different specialties within orthopedic surgery. We have fellowship-trained surgeons, who have incredible level of experience because of the level of cases we take care of," said Chhabra.
Becker's highlighted that UVA earned recognition from Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center for knee and hip replacement. UVA is also the first hospital in Virginia to receive premier certification from the International Geriatric Fracture Society, according to the release.
"This Becker's Hospital Review award reflects the quality of the care we provide as well as the breadth of the specialized care we provide, from sports medicine and hand surgery to spinal surgery and joint replacements, for patients from across Virginia and beyond," said Chhabra. "I'm grateful to our team in the department, together with our partners across UVA Health, for their service to our patients."
"From student-athletes at UVA to community members throughout Charlottesville and the state, our orthopedics team provides tremendous care in a wide range of specialties," said UVA Medical Center's interim Chief Executive Officer Chris Ghaemmaghami, MD. "This is a well-deserved honor for our team."
Becker's Hospital Review lists the 100 great orthopedic programs in alphabetical order and does not rank them.