Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hospitals rankings this week. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.
Mary Washington Hospital was recognized in eight “high-performing” specialties of gastroenterology; geriatrics; ear, nose and throat; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. Mary Washington Hospital’s performance puts it in the top 25 percent nationally as well as above most other Washington, D.C. area hospitals that are not nationally ranked.
The recognition comes less than a month after the announcement by Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization founded by some of the nation’s largest businesses, that Mary Washington Hospital earned the top grade of an “A” in a new national hospital safety report.
“We are very proud of the outstanding quality of care provided to our patients at Mary Washington Hospital,” says Kevin Van Renan, Senior Vice President and MWH Administrator. “Our U.S. News #6 ranking within the Commonwealth of Virginia confirms that our exceptionally skilled team of medical professionals and support staff are providing the best care for our community.”
“This is great news for our community and a testament to the top quality healthcare services, and highest level of quality care provided by Mary Washington Hospital and Mary Washington Healthcare,” says John F. Fick, III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Mary Washington Healthcare, the hospital’s parent company.
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.