Baltimore is best city for hospital care

Baltimore area hospitals provide the best patient care in the country, according to a new survey.

Nearly half of the area's hospitals - nine out of 16 - are in the top 5 percent of all of the hospitals in the United States, according to the survey by HealthGrades,  a consumer group which tracks information on hospitals and doctors.

The survey used Medicare data from 2008 through 2010 to evaluate the nation's 5,000 hospitals. It looked at clinical outcomes across 26 of the most common diagnoses and procedures, including heart attack, pneumonia, strokes, sepsis and hip and knee replacements.

The report identified 263 hospitals that ranked as the top 5 percent of the nation's hospitals.

HealthGrades said that if all hospitals performed like hospitals who ranked high, 165,704 Medicare lives could have been saved. The high-ranking hospitals on average were 1.86 percent better at avoiding complications across nine procedures.

The area's two most prominent hospitals Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland medical Center were absent from the list. The report said that while these hospitals may have outstanding clinical outcomes in certain service lines, they may not have been outstaind across the board.

The Baltimore hospitals on the top-rated list were:

Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster

Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore

Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore

Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore

Harbor Hospital in Baltimore

Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown

Saint Joseph Medical Center in Towson

Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in Baltimore

Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore


The other top places for hospital care around the country in order were: Phoenix-Prescott, AZ;  Cedar Rapids, IA;  Richmond, VA;  Cincinnati, OH; West Palm Beach, FL; Chattanooga, TN; St. Louis, MO; Hartford-New Haven, CT and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo, MI.


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