Specialties

  • Joint and Spine Awards/Designations

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    Recipient of the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for 3 Years in a Row (2013, 2014, 2015)
    Recipient of the Healthgrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2011-2015)

    Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services for 2 Years in a Row (2013, 2014)
    Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Joint Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2011 - 2014)
    Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Overall Orthopedic Services for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
    Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Joint Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
    Ranked Among the Top 5 in CO for Spine Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)

    Five-Star Recipient for Overall Orthopedic Services for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
    Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
    Five-Star Recipient for Spine Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2011-2013)
    Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
    Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)
    Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2013, 2014)
    Five-Star Recipient for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion) for 4 Years in a Row (2011-2014)

    Ranked #1 in CO for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2013

    CareChex's Top 100 Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery, 2014
    Becker's Hospital Review's National List of 125 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic programs, 2014


    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is proud to hold the following designations and distinctions:






    Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery
    Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement (2011/2012)
    Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery® and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement® have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for spine, knee and hip replacement surgery patients. Each Blue Distinction® facility meets objective clinical measures that are developed with input from expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations.
    Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center are the only hospitals in Colorado Springs to hold these designations.








    UnitedHealth Premium Surgical Spine Specialty Center (2009 - 2012)
    United Designation means that Penrose-St. Francis has met rigorous quality criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice and that patients can depend on our program and physicians for conscientious, reliable care for spine and total joint replacement. The designation is based on detailed information about specialized training, practice capabilities and outcomes and is designed to help consumers make informed choices in selecting high-quality spine and joint replacement facilities. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the only recipient in southern Colorado to hold these designations.






    Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care - Spine Surgery
    Aetna Institute of Quality Orthopedic Care - Total Joint Replacement
    Institutes of Quality Orthopedic Care facility designations are based on measures of clinical performance, access and efficiency for orthopedic care. Facilities selected have:

    • Significant experience and physician experience in orthopedic care
    • Evidence-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes, processes of care and patient safety
    • Provide ongoing follow-up programs and support for orthopedic patients
    • Adhere to Aetna's standards for member access to the facility and Aetna participating providers.
    • Demonstrate efficiency in providing care based on overall cost, readmission rates and
    • comprehensiveness of program.

    Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is the only recipient in southern Colorado to hold these designations.









    Cigna Center of Excellence: Spinal Fusion - 3 stars
    Cigna Center of Excellence: Total Hip Replacement - 3 stars
    Cigna Center of Excellence: Total Knee Replacement - 3 stars

    Cigna Centers of Excellence are graded on patient outcomes and cost efficiency. The highest score a hospital can achieve is 3 stars.
    Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center are the only hospitals in southern Colorado designated a center of excellence for spinal fusion and total hip replacement.
    Penrose Hospital is the only hospital in southern Colorado designated as a total knee replacement center of excellence.

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