Top Cities For Quality Hospital Care Named

A report examining patient complications and deaths at nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals named Baltimore the city with the nation’s best hospitals. The report, produced by HealthGrades, found top-rated hospitals in 38 states and named Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Richmond, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Chattanooga, St. Louis, Hartford, and Grand Rapids among the top 10 cities for hospital care. Medicare patients at top-rated hospitals had a 30 percent lower risk of death and their risk of in-hospital complications was 2.0 percent lower than patients at all other hospitals. The report said the lives of 166,000 Medicare patients could have been saved if all hospitals operated at the same level as the top-rated hospitals. More here and here.

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