Huntington Memorial Hospital has been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital received the ranking in the orthopedics and urology specialties, and is considered the 18th best hospital in the nation for orthopedics. Huntington Hospital was also named the number four hospital in Los Angeles and ranked as the eighth “Best Hospital” in California.
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. U.S. News created the Best Hospitals ranking system to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, including delicate neurosurgeries.
“Pursuing excellence in patient care is what we do every day at Huntington Hospital and it’s an honor to have the hard work of our medical and nursing staffs – as well as all of our employees – recognized in this way,” said Stephen A. Ralph, Huntington Hospital president and CEO. “The national ranking further underscores what our nurses accomplished by earning Magnet status, and I am extremely proud to share this good news with our community and board of directors.”
In addition to its national rankings in orthopedics and urology, Huntington Hospital was noted to be “high performing” in cancer care; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery and pulmonology.
“This recognition is a confirmation of the strategic decision made six years ago to have an organizational focus on quality. The implementation of that strategy led to participation in external quality benchmarks, development of the service lines, and enhancement of our nursing program through achievement of the Magnet designation, " said Paula Verrette, vice president, quality and performance improvement, CMO. "Though the recognition is known as 'Best Hospital,' this distinction was earned by Huntington Hospital’s doctors, nurses and staff who—together—provide the highest level of quality care, and it is our community that will ultimately reap the benefit.”
The U.S. News & World Report rankings help patients and their families find superior hospitals in their regions and beyond. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor.; “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
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 HERE.
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