HealthGrades names top 10 cities for hospital care

HealthGrades, a provider of consumer healthcare information, today released a list of America’s top cities for hospital care.

In its study, “HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence,” HealthGrades identified those hospitals performing in the top five percent nationwide across 26 different medical procedures and diagnoses, then ranked cities by highest percentage of Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence. 

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The rankings are based on a comprehensive study of patient death and complication rates at the nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals.

The top 10 markets (in rank order) are:

1.    Baltimore

2.    Phoenix - Prescott, Ariz.

3.    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

4.    Richmond, Va.

5.    Cincinnati

6.    West Palm Beach, Fla.

7.    Chattanooga, Tenn. 

8.    St. Louis

9.    Hartford-New Haven, Conn.  

10. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, Mich.

“In an environment where one in seven Medicare beneficiaries is harmed as a result of their hospitalization and patients are fearful of the very institutions that are entrusted with saving their lives, it is important to identify and acknowledge those hospitals that are leading the way in reducing mortality and complication rates and to provide consumers access to this information,” said the company in a press release promoting the study.  

Other key findings from the study include:

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