Healthgrades Names Top 50 Hospitals for 2017

Provider rating service hands out gold stars

Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has released its list of America’s 50 best hospitals for 2017. These centers are in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures for at least six consecutive years.

America’s 50 Best Hospitals also outperform their peers in treating a core group of conditions that account for more than 80% of mortalities, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke. Simply put, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications—and have a lower chance of dying—at these health care facilities.

According to a related whitepaper released by Healthgrades, not only do America’s 50 Best Hospitals demonstrate superior clinical outcomes, they also engage consumers as active participants in their care. For example:

  • Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, implemented the Orthopedic Patient–Peer Partner program, an idea suggested by the medical center’s orthopedic patients themselves. Through this program, patients who have undergone joint-replacement surgery at Virginia Mason can return as volunteers to support and encourage others who are preparing to undergo hip, knee, or shoulder replacement.
  • Penrose St. Francis Health Services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 10 consecutive years, engages consumers using multiple strategies, including an inter-visit communication program that acts as a digital health coach.

California was the biggest winner, with 11 gold-star facilities, including Cedars–Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley. Other winning states included Illinois (seven hospitals), Michigan (five hospitals), Colorado, Virginia, Wisconsin (four hospitals each), Arizona (three hospitals), Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia (two hospitals each), Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington (one hospital each).

In addition to the District of Columbia, none of the following states had an award-winning hospital: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.

Source: Healthgrades; February 21, 2017.