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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, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

Rutland Regional was honored as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018, and as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care. Rutland Regional was also 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.

In 2016 and 2017, Rutland Regional was the recipient of Healthcare’s Most Wired® award for the exceptional way the hospital uses technology to build patient engagement. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, and was honored with an “A” grade in Hospital Saftey Score by The Leapfrog Group in 2017. Healthgrades recognized Rutland Regional for an eighth year (2011-2018) with the 5-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement, a second year as a 5-Star Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery (2017-2018), and for the first year (2018) as 5-Star Recipient for Treatment of COPD.

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

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