America's Best Hospitals: Your Choice Matters

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It can be tempting to choose a hospital because of its convenience, but a new analysis demonstrates the importance of doing your homework before you select a care facility. Today, Healthgrades released a list of America’s Best Hospitals after analyzing more than 4,500 hospitals across the country. The research found that clinical quality and outcomes vary significantly, even between hospitals in close proximity. The Healthgrades analysis recognizes the top 1, 2 and 5 percent of hospitals for clinical performance.

During the study period from 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals achieving the award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome[1]. If all hospitals performed similarly to those that achieved the Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals distinction, 168,165 lives could potentially have been saved.

“Consumers have several options when selecting hospitals, and their choices can affect the quality of care they receive and their clinical outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “By using resources like Healthgrades, consumers can find exceptional hospitals for their needs, to ensure the quality of care and to give them peace of mind.”

In addition to accessing the list of America’s Best Hospitals, consumers can visit to search for the top hospitals for several conditions, procedures and areas of care. Or, consumers can leverage Healthgrades Hospital Quality resources to learn more about high-quality facilities in a local area.

There’s a long list of factors to consider when selecting a hospital, but with the right information, you can make a confident decision that leads to optimal clinical outcomes.

[1] Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2015 through 2017 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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