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November 30, 2020

Arkansas Surgical Hospital is Only Hospital in Arkansas Named America’s 100 Best for Spine Surgery

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK (November 12, 2020) – Arkansas Surgical Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. 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, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Arkansas Surgical Hospital is the only hospital in Arkansas to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™. Arkansas Surgical Hospital was also recognized with a Five-Star Distinction for Total Knee Replacement for a second consecutive year (2020-2021) and earlier this year was recognized with the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award™.

The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. From 2017 through 2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award have, on average, a 45.2 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. *

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”

“It is an honor to be recognized among the top-performing hospitals in the nation,” said Brian Fowler, CEO of Arkansas Surgical Hospital. “We are proud of our surgeons and staff for achieving these distinctions, and we appreciate their dedication to our patients.”

Arkansas Surgical Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • The Outstanding Patient Experience Award for 3 years in a row (2018-2020)

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 16 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). The complete

Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

About Arkansas Surgical Hospital: Arkansas Surgical Hospital was founded by orthopedic and spine surgeons 15 years ago as a way to provide a better overall experience for their patients. As a physician-owned hospital, the surgeons are the decision-makers. This allows them to control their patients’ care at a great level. Arkansas Surgical Hospital prides itself on its disciplined focus on safety and a total commitment to the care and comfort of patients and their familes, resulting in excellent surgical outcomes.

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.

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