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Quality Measures - Bone & Joint Center

National recognition

Blue Distinction Center.Knee_and_hip_replacment
Becker's Hospital Review

The orthopedic team is nationally recognized, including:

The Bone & Joint Center at St. Cloud Hospital is one of Minnesota’s highest volume joint replacement hospitals.

Surgeons from St. Cloud Orthopedics complete more than 1,300 hip and knee replacements and revisions each year at St. Cloud Hospital. High volumes mean greater physicians and nurse expertise for our patients. Patients at high-volume centers also experience fewer complications in the first six months after surgery.

St. Cloud Hospital offers an outpatient total joint replacement program, allowing patients to leave the same day of surgery for shoulder, hip or knee replacement. Qualifications for this program must be discussed and decided with your surgeon, and patients must meet clinical requirements to be a candidate.

Total Joint Program Outcomes

  • More than 80 percent of our elective hip and knee joint replacement patients are discharged directly to home.
  • Readmission back to the hospital is very low compared to national benchmarks, with a rate of 2.3% (as of September 2016).
  • Less than 1% of elective total hip and total knee replacement patients receive blood transfusions.
  • Infection rates are less than 1% for elective total hip and total knee replacements.
  • Bone & Joint Center fall rates are below the national average compared to NDNQI.
  • Central line and urinary infections are consistently at a rate of zero compared to NHSN.

Length of Stay

By combining the latest techniques and technologies, the average length of stay at St. Cloud Hospital is shorter than the national average.

  • Length of stay for total hip replacement is an average of 1.7 days (as of September 2016). Most patients go home after one or two nights in the hospital. 
  • Length of stay for total knee replacement is on average 2.3 days (as of September, 2016). Most patients go home after one to three nights in the hospital.
  • The Medicare Geometric Mean length of stay is currently 2.8 days for total hip and knee replacements.

Patient Satisfaction

Thanks to our experienced team, including nationally certified nurses, patient experience scores in the Bone & Joint Center continue to rank among the nation's best.

  • The Bone & Joint Center was recently recognized by CentraCare Health leadership as being in the top 10% nationally for Overall Rating by patients.
  • Compared to other large hospitals, the Bone & Joint Center performed in the top 10% nationally in Nursing Care.
  • The Bone & Joint Center focuses on personalized care and was ranked in the top 10% nationally for Amount of attention paid to personal/special needs.
  • We are proud to share that 84% of our patients would Definitely Recommend the Bone & Joint Center for their care.

*Data and benchmarks provided by national survey vendor Press Ganey.


Minnesota Hospital Association
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
Press Ganey Inpatient Means and Ranks
National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI)
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) Readmission Reduction Program