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Published on August 08, 2017

Rutland Regional Named a “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report has named Rutland Regional Medical Center a "Best Regional Hospital" for 2017-2018. Out of 4500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 545 achieved "Best Regional Hospital" status, and Rutland Regional was the only "Best Regional" in the state of Vermont. Additionally, Rutland Regional was the only hospital in the state to achieve "high performing" status in four procedures and conditions which include: Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.

"This is quite an achievement," said Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. "There are a couple of reasons this is particularly satisfying. First, to be recognized "Best Regional Hospital" among the thirteen stellar institutions in Vermont, means we have hit some high marks. Secondly, the criteria used focuses on positive outcomes for patients so this recognition further underscores our commitment to our patients and their wellbeing."

Over the past two years alone, Rutland Regional Medical Center has received 17 national awards and various recognition that support their commitment to being the best community healthcare system in New England.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

"For nearly three decades, we strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide," said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties."

The rankings are available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/vt/rutland-regional-medical-center-6130210.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont with a national reputation for outstanding patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an "A" grade by The Leapfrog Group in the fall 2016 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety in 2015. Recently designated for a second time, Rutland Regional is a Magnet® hospital, providing the highest level of recognition for quality nursing care.

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Media Contact: Peg Bolgioni, 802.772.2843 or pbolgioni@rrmc.org

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