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How Does Your Hospital Rank?
Best U.S. hospitals announced
-Julie Ryan Evans
We’ve moved a lot-about five cities in 10 years. When considering a new location, I have a mental checklist I go through to make sure that the destination in question has some of the important necessities-good schools, good restaurants and good shopping. One thing that’s really never dawned on me to consider in my equation is the quality of health care in the area-and it probably should.
While hopefully you don’t need a hospital often, when you do, you want the best. But how do you determine how yours stacks up? And how do you determine if there’s a better place you should seek medical care?
U.S. News and World Report recently released its list of America’s Best Hospitals. It identifies the best hospitals for each of 16 specialties and then 19 hospitals that rank tops in at least six categories. Children’s Hospitals are also ranked.
So what makes a hospital great? There’s an entire methodology behind the rankings, but they sum it up this way, “A great hospital is different because of an internal culture of excellence. Set at the top and embraced by caregivers, medical standards are high and emphasize not only doing well but striving to do better-to hammer down the number of infections, to boost survival of high-risk surgery patients, to systematically squeeze out errors rather than painting a scarlet “E” on those who make them. If such goals cannot be achieved by using conventional means, invent new ones.”
Check it out to see where yours ranked. While it’s disappointing for me to see that my new home isn’t home to many tops, at least I have that information and know where to go for second opinions and the sort if the case should ever arise.