Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been rated high performing in all five procedures or conditions included in the new U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions including heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). MGH joins fewer than 50 hospitals that were rated high performing in all five procedures and conditions.
“Of course, we’re pleased to be among those hospitals rated as high performers in all five categories in this new survey,” says Elizabeth Mort, MD, senior vice president for Quality and Safety. “The US News team has developed a creative new approach using a range of quality metrics. I applaud them for acknowledging the importance of ICU care and Magnet recognition and for giving credit for transparency in quality reporting. MGH performing well on common conditions isn’t surprising. Striving for excellence in quality, from primary to quaternary care, is what we do every day.
To create these new common care ratings, U.S. News measures outcomes such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated, as well as patient satisfaction data. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings also rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, and survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
A detailed list of the rankings, including the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report,is available on the US News website.
About Massachusetts General Hospital
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital (www.massgeneral.org) is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 999-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 100,000 visits to its Emergency Department. The surgical staff perform more than 42,000 operations annually, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers more than 3,600 babies a year. MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $785 million. The largest nongovernment employer in Boston, the MGH has more than 23,000 employees, including more than 3,700 registered nurses. In 1994, MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – also one of the top 10 hospitals on the U.S. News Honor Roll – affiliated to form Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery system.