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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” list. Since the survey began in 1990, Mass. General (MGH) has ranked among the top few hospitals in the nation, last year coming in second behind Johns Hopkins Hospital, which had been at the top of the Honor Roll for the past 21 years. “Each year we have been both honored and humbled to be recognized among the nation’s highest achieving hospitals, and this year it is especially gratifying to be ranked number one,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “This recognition is a tribute to the more than 23,000 staff members at MGH who are dedicated to delivering the highest-quality care to patients and families. Our employees are the ones who have built and shaped Mass General into the extraordinary health care resource it has been for the past 200 years and will continue to be into the future.”
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino proclaims July 17, 2012, as "MGH is #1 Day"Gov. Deval Patrick recognizes the MGH with a citation Sen. John Kerry says the number one ranking is a "long time in the making"
The MGH plans to celebrate this national recognition by thanking hospital staff at a special event on July 17, 2012. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will participate in the festivities. Later tonight, senior MGH leaders will be at the hospital to thank and celebrate with evening and night shift employees. David F. Torchiana, MD, CEO and chairman of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, said that while being number one on the Honor Roll is an exciting milestone for the MGH and a testament to its staff, it is also important to keep the survey in perspective. “Our competition is not other hospitals,” Torchiana noted. “Rather our competition is disease, health care costs, accessibility of services, and social issues such as poverty, violence and substance abuse that affect the well-being of the community. Like every hospital, we strive to be the best we can so that we can help solve these difficult problems. The U.S. News ‘Best Hospitals’ survey is a valuable tool that helps us measure how we are doing.” Again this year Mass General was highly ranked in all 16 specialty areas on the U.S. News survey.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children was also recognized by U.S. News in their Best Children's Hospital rankings in four pediatric specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology. A detailed list of the rankings, including the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report, is available at www.usnews.com/besthospitalsAbout Massachusetts General HospitalFounded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 950-bed medical center each year admits approximately 48,000 inpatients; handles nearly 1.5 million visits in its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus, four health centers and satellite facilities; and records more than 90,000 visits to its Emergency Department. Learn more about Mass General
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