U.S. News & World Report Names Hartford Hospital Among the Best in Connecticut

July 16, 2013

Hartford, CT – July 16, 2013 − Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford region and among the best in Connecticut for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This year, Hartford Hospital ranked in more specialties than ever before.

“It is an honor to be recognized and to be seen by millions of Americans as being among the best in the region,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, president and CEO, Hartford Hospital. “Our reputation for excellence continues to grow, thanks to the amazing dedication of every single Hartford Hospital staff member to delivering the best possible care in the right, best, safest and most compassionate way. And everyone contributes, no matter what your job. Our journey to excellence is a team effort, and we are succeeding.”

Hartford Hospital also ranked high-performing in nine specialties:

• Cardiology and Heart Surgery
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
• Geriatrics
• Gynecology
• Nephrology
• Orthopedics
• Pulmonology
• Urology

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

About Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital, founded in 1854, is one of the largest teaching hospitals and
tertiary care centers in New England with one of the region's busiest surgery
practices. It is annually ranked among America's Best Hospitals by US News & World
Report and has been recognized nationally for the quality of many of its programs,
including cardiology, cancer, stroke and joint and spine care. The 867-bed regional
referral center provides high-quality care in all clinical disciplines. Among its
divisions is The Institute of Living, a 114-bed mental health facility with a national
and international reputation of excellence. Jefferson House, a 104-bed long-term
care facility, is also a special division of Hartford Hospital. The hospital’s major
centers of clinical excellence include cardiology, oncology, emergency services and
trauma, mental health, women’s health, orthopedics, bloodless surgery and
advanced organ transplantation. Hartford Hospital owns and operates the state’s
only air ambulance system, LIFE STAR.

Hartford Hospital