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  • Healthgrades has revealed its 2024 awards for America’s Best Hospitals.
  • These facilities are among the top 1% of hospitals nationwide.
  • Rankings were based on a review of almost 4,500 hospitals.
  • Thirty of the most common conditions and procedures were considered.
  • Experts say that Healthgrades is a great starting place when seeking quality care.

When you need healthcare, you want to know that you are getting it from the best doctors and hospitals that you can.

However, if you haven’t been to a hospital or know someone who has, it can be difficult to know whether it’s the best choice for you.

That’s where Healthgrades comes in.

On January 23, 2024, Healthgrades announced its 2024 America’s Best Hospitals Awards and State Rankings.

In a press release, Healthgrades stated that its rankings “recognize the national leaders in overall clinical excellence and the top-ranked hospitals for specialty care by state.”

They further noted that they use a clinically validated methodology to make their selections based entirely on patient outcomes.

In order to choose the top 250 hospitals, Healthgrades examined clinical performance data on around 4,500 hospitals for 30 common procedures and conditions.

They also measured these same facilities, looking at 18 key areas, including such specialties as Cardiac Care, Spine Surgery, and Pulmonary Care. This enabled them to determine the highest-ranking hospitals in 32 states.

Additionally, the hospitals received recognition as being in the top 1%, 2%, and 5% of hospitals nationwide with the following awards:

  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals
  • America’s 250 Best Hospitals

Healthgrades explained that the top 50 hospitals were determined based on “consistent clinical excellence based on an analysis of risk-adjusted mortality and complications rates for common procedures and conditions.”

What this means is that these hospitals have been among America’s 250 Best Hospitals for several consecutive years.

To select the best 50 out of this pool of candidates, Healthgrades uses a three-step procedure:

  1. Take any hospitals that were in the top 250 in 2024 and count the number of consecutive years they have received this designation.
  2. Rank them according to how many years they have received this award, sorting them based on their volume-weighted z-score, a statistical measure of hospital quality outcomes.
  3. Determine which of the hospitals have been among the 250 best for at least seven years. Since more than 50 had achieved this record, they also used the most recent volume-weighted z-score to narrow it down to the top 50.

In the press release, Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades, said, “Hospital quality is a crucial, yet often overlooked, factor to consider when choosing a doctor. Healthgrades is dedicated to taking the guesswork out of the equation by providing consumers with a reliable, data-driven platform to identify reputable hospitals in their area.”

Katy Dubinsky, Pharm.D., a Pharmacist and CEO of Vitalize, said that she finds the Healthgrades hospital rankings “to be a great tool for patients.”

“These rankings are usually based on various factors, including patient outcomes, the quality of care, and specialized services offered by hospitals,” she explained. “This can guide patients to hospitals that have demonstrated excellence in specific areas of healthcare, ensuring they receive the best possible treatment for their needs.”

Dubinsky further noted that this sort of information can be crucial in finding the right healthcare professional, especially if you have a more specialized or complex medical condition.

Lauren Thayer, a registered nurse at HealthCanal, added that Healthgrades allows patients to review and compare hospitals and doctors across various criteria like specialties and regions.

“This information is useful for potential patients,” she said, “as it allows them to compare important facts and understand more about what the hospital has accomplished as far as clinical outcomes, patient safety, and patient experience at their facility.”

Thayer said that patients are generally seeking care for a specific reason, and having a way to compare facts and figures related to each hospital can help them find care that is the best fit for them and their particular needs.

“The Healthgrades list may help patients as a starting point,” she added. “For instance, if they are considering care at 3 different hospitals and only one of them ended up on the top 50 hospitals list, then they may eliminate the other two immediately.”

Thayer concluded by noting that, overall, choosing a hospital is a personal choice based on a variety of factors. “Healthgrades can offer a perspective and information that may help patients guide their choices to the best healthcare for them,” she said.

Arizona

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix

California

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, West Hollywood

Memorial Medical Center, Modesto

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Burlingame,

Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge,

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills,

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas, Encinitas

Stanford Health Care, Stanford

Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville

UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, Santa Monica

Connecticut

Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk

Florida

AdventHealth Orlando, Orlando

Mayo Clinic in Florida, Jacksonville

Georgia

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta

Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta

Illinois

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge

Ascension Alexian Brothers, Elk Grove Village

Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana

Kansas

University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City

Massachusetts

Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington

Michigan

Ascension Providence Hospital-Southfield Campus, Southfield

Beaumont Hospital, Troy

Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato, Mankato

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Rochester

New Jersey

Morristown Medical Center, Morristown

Overlook Medical Center, Summit

New York

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook

Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie

North Carolina

Mission Hospital, Asheville

Ohio

Bethesda North Hospital, Cincinnati

Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital, Fairfield

Mercy Health – West Hospital, Cincinnati

ProMedical Toledo Hospital, Toledo

Summa Health System, Akron Campus, Akron

The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health, Cincinnati

Pennsylvania

Chester County Hospital, West Chester

Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster

Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey

Reading Hospital, West Reading

Riddle Memorial Hospital, Media

St. Luke’s Hospital-Bethlehem Campus, Bethlehem

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, Chambersburg

Texas

Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston

Washington state

EvergreenHealth Medical Center-Kirkland, Kirkland

Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Vancouver

Wisconsin

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee

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