Dartmouth-Hitchcock ranked among America’s best hospitals by US News

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock ranked among America’s best hospitals by US News

Tue, 07/19/2011 - 10:35am -- tim

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has again been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals, online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.  For the fifth straight year and for the ninth time since 1995, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been recognized for its care in Gynecology. 
The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty. 
‘This recognition is a fitting acknowledgement of the excellent care our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff provide each and every patient,’ says Nancy Formella, M.S.N., R.N., co-president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. ‘Our commitment to providing the highest quality, compassionate care is recognized every single day, but having this prestigious honor is a meaningful achievement. Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to once again be recognized among America's best health care institutions.’
Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive services for women throughout New Hampshire and eastern Vermont including general gynecology, obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology and reproductive pelvic surgery. Physician specialists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon also see patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock practices in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH.
‘We are committed to improving the lives of women in our communities and training the next generation of world-class gynecologic specialists,’ says Dr. Richard Reindollar, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ‘I am honored to be part of such a talented team that delivers outstanding care for the entire spectrum of gynecologic issues.’
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is New Hampshire's only academic medical center. Internationally renowned, nationally ranked, and regionally respected, Dartmouth-Hitchcock integrates high-quality patient care, advanced medical education, and translational research to provide a full spectrum of health care.
‘Although our patients are the ultimate and most important judges of our performance, it is gratifying to have this national recognition by U.S. News. I am especially pleased for the physicians and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose high standards of excellence have resulted in this honor,’ notes Dartmouth-Hitchcock co-president Dr. James N. Weinstein.
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties’death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
 The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. ‘These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,’ said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. ‘Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.’
 
ABOUT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. In addition to primary care services at local community practices, Dartmouth-Hitchcock patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at Dartmouth Medical School and centers of excellence including The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI).