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Published on October 19, 2021

Rutland Regional Medical Center Named America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement for Third Year in a Row

RUTLAND, VT – Rutland Regional Medical Center is named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ for the third year in a row according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.

Rutland Regional is the only hospital in Vermont to receive the America’s 100 Best Hospital for Joint Replacement award. The hospital also was recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Joint Replacement Excellence Award for four years in a row (2019-2022)
  • Five-Star recipient for Total Knee Replacement for twelve years in a row (2011-2022
  • Five-Star recipient for Total Hip Replacement for four years in a row (2019-2022
  • Five-Star recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for three years in a row (2020-2022)

“The orthopaedic surgeons, pre-surgery, surgery and recovery support teams have consistently demonstrated their commitment to high quality care,” said Claudio Fort, President and CEO at Rutland Regional Medical Center. “Patients can trust that when they choose to have their joint replacement at Rutland Regional Medical Center, they will be getting state-of-the-art care backed by an exceptional team of caregivers.”

The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement Award have, on average, 64.9 percent lower risk of complications while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. *

“This truly is a team effort,” said Melbourne Boynton, MD, Chief Medical Director at Rutland Regional and Medical Director of Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic. “The nursing staff, support teams, surgeons, physician assistants and nurse practitioners are uniformly aligned in ensuring the best patient care possible, and this recognition encourages all of us to keep bettering our best.”

The Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic (VOC) is a patient-centric clinic which was created by Rutland Regional Medical Center in 1996 to provide care for musculoskeletal injuries and arthritis. VOC is made up of an award-winning and world-class team of physicians, advance practice providers (NP/PA), nurses, trainers, and support staff. In 2020, VOC moved into the new Thomas W. Huebner Medical Office Building in order to better meet the needs of northern New England’s orthopaedic patients.

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 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 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit:

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.


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