New report identifies Mercy Health Lorain Hospital among the top hospitals nationally for excellence in Spine Surgery for Two Years in a Row (2018-2019).

Mercy Health — Lorain Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

The achievement is part of findings released this week in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this has on health outcomes.

From 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award have, on average a 48.2% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. This further emphasized Mercy’s promise to building a healthier Lorain County by bringing expert care, that is close to home.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Mercy Health — Lorain Hospital in the marketplace.”

“For more than 125 years, Mercy Health has been committed to extending our healing ministry, and today, our ability to provide nationally recognized, high-quality, compassionate care throughout Lorain County is a testament to the men and women who work tirelessly to care for our community.” Said Edwin Oley, Senior Vice-President and Chief Executive Office of Mercy Health – Lorain.

Mercy Health — Lorain Hospital was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 3 Years in a Row (2017-2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 4 Years in a Row (2016-2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2018-2019)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Respiratory Failure in 2019

“Expert care that is close to home is part of our promise at Mercy Health,” said Oley “Not having to travel far from home for cardiology, neurology and pulmonology care is incredibly impactful for those we serve.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at