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SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Medical Center has been ranked as one of the Best Regional Hospitals for 2013-2014 in the U.S. News & World Report’s 24th annual “Best Hospitals” rankings, recognizing hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care.
U.S. News and World Report ranks up to 50 hospitals in each of 16 medical specialties. Only 147 out of nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals earned national ranking in one or more of the specialties.
Baystate Medical Center’s ranking as a top hospital is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all Baystate employees in making quality and patient safety second to none, noted Dr. Evan M. Benjamin, senior vice president, Healthcare Quality, Baystate Health.
“What our high ranking means for patients is that Baystate Medical Center is recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals in the country in terms of outcomes and avoiding serious medical errors. This latest honor is just one of many national awards and recognitions Baystate Medical Center has received over the past years for its high quality of care,” said
“Providing world-class healthcare close to home in western Massachusetts not only represents the fulfillment of our mission, it also helps to keep our Pioneer Valley community strong in terms of our overall health, economy, and quality of life,” he added.
The hospital ranked as “high performing” in 9 medical specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and related surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.
“The mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other objective data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The research organization RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C., conducted the physician survey and produced the Best Hospital methodology and national rankings under
contract with U.S. News.
Baystate Children’s Hospital has also been previously ranked as one of the Best Children’s Hospitals 2013-2014 for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report.
For more information on Baystate Medical Center, visit baystatehealth.org/bmc.