October 25, 2021

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Earns Healthgrades 5-Star Rating for Treatment of Hip Fracture and Pneumonia

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Excels in Treatment of Hip Fracture and Pneumonia Outcomes

Ayer, MA – Nashoba Valley Medical Center is 5-star rated for Treatment of Hip Fracture and Pneumonia outcomes 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 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. * These distinctions follow the news earlier this year that Nashoba Valley Medical Center earned Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM placing the hospital among the top 10% of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data.

Healthgrades 5-Star Hip Replacement

 Healthgrades 5-star Pneumonia

This most recent analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2018 through 2020, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,141 lives could potentially have been saved, and complications in 156,050 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

From 2018-2020, patients having Hip Fracture Repair in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average a 48.1% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals with 1-star. *

“The Nashoba Valley Medical Center clinical care and support teams are among the best in the region and are focused on providing our patients with world-class medical care,” said Salvatore Perla, DrPH, President, Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “We are proud to be recognized by Healthgrades for both hip fracture and pneumonia care and thank all of our staff for continuing to make Nashoba Valley Medical Center our region’s top choice for health care.”

Nashoba Valley Medical Center continues to make investments in programs and technology to enhance patient experience and safety. Recent investments include:

  • New cardiac imaging system
  • New ultrasound equipment
  • Welcoming new physicians and staff in departments including Endocrinology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Primary Care and more

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades.

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 31 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).


*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: