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

July 21, 2014

Hartford, CT – Hartford Hospital has been ranked #1 in the Hartford region and among the  best in Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals  rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most  challenging patients. Hartford Hospital remains high-performing in nine specialties, the  same as last year, with two additional high ranking specialties including cancer and psychiatry.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again as being among the best in the region,” said  Stuart Markowitz, M.D., president, Hartford Hospital, senior vice president, Hartford  HealthCare. “It solidifies our reputation for excellence in several service line areas, thanks  to the steadfast dedication of every single Hartford Hospital staff member to deliver the best  care in the safest environment. Our journey to excellence is a team effort.” 

Hartford Hospital is high ranking in the following eleven specialties:

• Cancer
• Cardiology and Heart Surgery
• Diabetes and Endocrinology
• Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
• Geriatrics
• Gynecology
• Nephrology
• Orthopedics
• Psychiatry
• 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.

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