BOZEMAN – On Oct. 23, Bozeman Deaconess Health Services’ joint replacement program received a five-star rating from Healthgrades, a leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians or hospitals.

The findings are part of “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide, in nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades bases its objective measures solely on clinical performance.

Healthgrades gave BDHS a fourth place ranking for Overall Orthopedic Services in the state. This is the fourth year in a row the hospital ranked among the top five in Montana for Overall Orthopedic Services.

American hospitals vary widely in quality, according to the Healthgrades report. Patients were 61 percent less likely to experience a major in-hospital complication when being treated at a hospital receiving five stars, when compared with hospitals receiving one star across a range of procedures, the report said.

“American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” including the complete methodology, can be found at healthgrades.com/quality.