New hospital ratings reveal performance in everyday surgeries and medical conditions
Rutland Regional Medical Center has been named among the nation’s best hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care. Rutland Regional was rated as High Performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart failure, hip and knee replacement. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.
“We are more than pleased to be recognized among the best hospitals nationwide,” said Tom Huebner, CEO of Rutland Regional. “Our staff and physicians place quality care and patient satisfaction as their top priorities. Prestigious rankings, such as those by U.S. News & World Report, help validate their hard work and dedication.”
U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers.
“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Dr. Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.
The ratings are freely available and can be found online at U.S. News & Report.