Providence St. Peter Hospitals has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in Washington by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
St. Peter was ranked second in the state of Washington. (http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/wa)
“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”
In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions.
“This recognition is validation of the commitment of our caregivers and the quality care we provide,” said Providence St. Peter Chief Operating Officer Paul Wilkinson. “Our patients can be confident they don’t need to travel out of the area for the best possible care.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.
In May, Providence St. Peter Hospital was among just 34 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the nation to be named high performing in five common core areas. They were:
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Heart bypass surgery
- Congestive heart failure
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings.