Healthgrades released its annual lists this week of America's Best HospitalsTM, based on clinical outcomes over the past five years.
A list of the top hospitals in the United States for 2018, as determined by Healthgrades, was released this week.
Each year, the organization identifies the top 50 and top 100 hospitals by assessing their clinical outcomes for common inpatient conditions and procedures. Patients treated at these facilities exhibit a 22.3% lower risk of death than those who receive treatment elsewhere, Healthgrades says.
Gary S. Kaplan, MD, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Health System, which was named among the top 50 hospitals, said achieving the results his team has seen required a broad-based approach.
“Our journey to transform healthcare and become the quality leader started nearly two decades ago when we began transforming our organization into one where patients are truly at the center of everything we do,” Kaplan said in a statement. “We’ve built a model where quality and safety are foremost, innovation and collaboration are encouraged, lessons learned are shared broadly, and patient engagement is essential to our continuous improvement efforts.”
The top 50 represent about 1% of the hospitals in the country, according to Healthgrades, which published the full lists online.
A map version of the top 50 list is below:
Steven Porter is editor at HealthLeaders.