U.S. News & World Report Names Good Samaritan Medical Center Among the Top 20 Best Hospitals in Massachusetts for the Second Consecutive Year

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For the second consecutive year, Good Samaritan Medical Center has been ranked among the Top 20 best hospitals for 2013-14 in Massachusetts by U.S. News & World Report. The publication ranks 115 hospitals in Massachusetts. Good Samaritan Medical Center has been ranked #18 in the state and #13 in the Boston Metro Area.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. The report lists only 752 of the best regional hospitals across the country, winnowed from nearly 4,800.

“It is gratifying to see the fruits of dedicated investments in equipment, technology, and facilities that we have made in many areas,” said John A. Jurczyk, FACHE, president of the medical center. “We continue to innovate, encourage professional development and promote a culture of safety. With a medical staff of more than 600 highly skilled physicians, Good Samaritan has become a regional medical center that can truly serve the vast majority of health care needs locally including cardiac care, comprehensive surgery, and cancer treatment.”

U.S. News made several changes to the Best Hospitals rankings methodology this year, including adding new data and greater emphasis on patient safety. Patient safety metrics now account for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties – twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation, as determined through a national survey of medical specialists, diminished by 5 percentage points.

“U.S. News strives to provide patients and their families with the most comprehensive data available on hospitals,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals each year from medical errors, measuring safety performance is critical to understanding how well a hospital cares for its patients.” Comarow then added, "The data tell the story — a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of."

Good Samaritan was also recognized for the fourth year in a row as a high performing hospital in the key specialty area of Neurology and Neurosurgery. “We are especially proud of this designation which is a tribute to our skilled and experienced medical staff, particularly Dr. Albert Ackil, Chief of the Division of Neurology,” said Jurczyk.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

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 added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

 


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