Healthgrades names 2013's top hospitals

Recognizes top cities for patient care

A new report released Feb. 19  recognizes the nation’s best hospitals for 2013 in addition to top cities in the United States for hospital care based on in-hospital mortality rates. Dayton, Ohio; Phoenix; and Milwaukee came out on top, all seeing mortality rates less than 5 percent.  

Also among the top cities for hospital care, when taking into account the risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates, were Cincinnati, Deltona/Daytona Beach, Fla., Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Rochester, Minn.
 
The report, “America’s Best Hospitals 2013: Navigating Variability in Hospital Quality,” conducted by Healthgrades, showed some states came up empty handed with the best hospital awards, including Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia. Moreover, many states that have been consistently recognized for having the top hospitals in the nation – such as Massachusetts, home of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s, and Washington, home of the University of Washington Medical Center – also did not make the cut. 
 
By contrast, Florida (13 hospitals recognized); Ohio; Michigan; and California (all with nine hospitals recognized) walked away with the most awards. 
 
“The America’s Best Hospitals distinction provides a measure of confidence for consumers,” said Evan Marks, executive vice president, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades, in a statement. “Each hospital’s exceptional performance reflects a dedication and approach to quality which has been evidenced across the organization and has been demonstrated consistently in terms of superior clinical outcomes.”
 
According to report officials, if all hospitals analyzed in the report performed at the level of the top hospitals, up to 165,000 lives could have been saved.
 
Below is Healthgrades 2013 list of top hospitals in the nation:
 
Hospital City State
Mayo Clinic Hospital Phoenix AZ
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Beach CA
Huntington Memorial Hospital Pasadena CA 
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center - Laguna Hills Laguna Hills CA
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center San Clemente San Clemente CA
Saint John's Health Center Santa Monica CA
Saint Vincent Medical Center Los Angeles CA
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego CA
John Muir Medical Center - Walnut Creek Walnut Creek CA 
Peninsula Medical Center Burlingame CA
Mills Health Center San Mateo CA
Sequoia Hospital Redwood City CA
Penrose St. Francis Health Services Colorado Springs CO
Saint Francis Medical Center Colorado Springs CO
North Colorado Medical Center Greeley CO
Hartford Hospital Hartford CT
Middlesex Hospital Middletown CT
Lee Memorial Hospital Fort Myers FL
HealthPark MC / Lee Memorial Fort Myers FL
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Orange City FL
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Boca Raton FL
Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston FL
Delray Medical Center Delray Beach FL
Jupiter Medical Center Jupiter FL
Kendall Regional Medical Center Miami FL
Sarasota Memorial Hospital Sarasota FL
Munroe Regional Medical Center Ocala FL
Martin Memorial Medical Center Stuart FL
Martin Memorial Hospital South Stuart FL
Sebastian River Medical Center Sebastian FL
Piedmont Fayette Hospital Fayetteville GA
Piedmont Hospital Atlanta GA 
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville GA
Houston Medical Center Warner Robins GA
Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids IA
Saint Luke’s Hospital Cedar Rapids IA
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Downers Grove IL
Alexian Brothers Medical Center Elk Grove Village IL
Ingalls Memorial Hospital Harvey IL
Palos Community Hospital Palos Heights IL
Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet IL
Saint Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates IL
Skokie Hospital Skokie IL
Community Hospital Munster IN
Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital Indianapolis IN
Indiana University Health University Hospital Indianapolis IN 
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital Indianapolis IN
St. Vincent Women's Hospital Indianapolis IN
Via Christi Hospital Wichita KS
St. Elizabeth Edgewood Edgewood KY
Owensboro Medical Health System Owensboro KY
Ochsner Medical Center New Orleans LA
Ochsner Medical Center - Westbank Gretna LA
MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Center Baltimore MD
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital Baltimore MD
Greater Baltimore Medical Center Baltimore MD
MedStar Harbor Hospital Baltimore MD 
Saint Joseph Medical Center Towson MD
Beaumont Hospital - Troy Troy MI
Providence Hospital Southfield MI
Saint Mary Mercy Hospital Livonia MI
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Grand Rapids MI
Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital Grand Rapids MI
Holland Hospital Holland MI
Allegiance Health Jackson MI
Bronson Methodist Hospital Kalamazoo MI
Munson Medical Center Traverse City MI
Saint Luke’s Hospital Duluth MN
North Memorial Robbinsdale MN
Skaggs Regional Medical Center Branson MO
Boone Hospital Center Columbia MO
Missouri Baptist Medical Center Saint Louis MO
St. Luke's Hospital Chesterfield MO
Benefis Health System Great Falls MT
Rex Hospital Raleigh NC
BryanLGH Medical Center East Lincoln NE
BryanLGH Medical Center West Lincoln NE
Community Medical Center Toms River NJ
Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack NJ
Albany Medical Center Hospital Albany NY
Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn NY
New York - Presbyterian Hospital New York NY
New York - Presbyterian Hospital / Allen Pavillion New York - Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center New York NY
Akron General Medical Center Akron OH
Aultman Hospital Canton OH
Bethesda North Hospital Cincinnati OH
Christ Hospital Cincinnati OH
EMH Elyria Medical Center Elyria OH
Hillcrest Hospital Mayfield Heights OH
Marymount Hospital Garfield Heights OH
South Pointe Hospital Warrensville Heights OH
Grandview Medical Center Dayton OH
Lehigh Valley Hospital Allentown PA
Hamot Medical Center Erie PA
Lancaster General Hospital Lancaster PA
Alle Kiski Medical Center Natrona Heights PA
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital - Forbes Regional Campus Monroeville PA
Anmed Health Anderson SC
Memorial Healthcare System Chattanooga TN
Saint Thomas Hospital Nashville TN
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System - Southwest Houston TX
Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital  Houston TX
Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Memorial  Houston TX
Hermann The Woodlands Hospital The Woodlands TX
The Methodist Hospital Houston TX
Diagnostic Center Hospital Houston TX
Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler Tyler TX
Intermountain Medical Center Murray UT
Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center Mechanicsville VA
Henrico Doctors' Hospital Richmond VA
Parham Doctors' Hospital Richmond VA
Retreat Doctors' Hospital Richmond VA
Augusta Health Fishersville VA
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center La Crosse WI
Aurora Saint Luke’s Medical Center Milwaukee WI
Saint Luke’s Medical Center Cudahy WI
Aurora Sinai Medical Center Milwaukee WI 
West Allis Memorial Hospital West Allis WI 
 
“The good news for consumers, whether or not they reside in one of the top cities, is they can still find hospitals that demonstrate superior quality so long as they do their homework before seeking care,” said Archelle Georgiou, MD, a strategic advisor to Healthgrades. “This report unequivocally shows that there is no substitute for using quantitative data to select a care provider. Instead of relying on name recognition, location or size, consumers should carefully review a hospital’s performance across different procedures and conditions. The result may, in some cases, mean the difference between life and death.”