U.S. News releases its hospital rankings. Here’s how your local hospital fared.

U.S. News releases its hospital rankings. Here’s how your local hospital fared.

Jul 21, 2015, 12:01am EDT Updated: Jul 21, 2015, 7:15am EDT

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MedStar got props for two nationally ranked facilities, with both its Washington Hospital Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital earning the top honors this year.

Tina Reed

Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal

Inova Fairfax Hospital ranked first in the Washington region — topping MedStar Washington Hospital Center for the fourth straight year — in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released Tuesday.

But MedStar got props for two nationally ranked facilities, with its MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital earning the top honors this year. The hospitals were among 137 hospitals, or about 3 percent, of about 4,700 hospitals analyzed for the Best Hospitals listing to earn a national ranking in at least one specialty.

Of course, ranking systems have their limitations. Earlier this year, a study found rankings can generate confusion among consumers, especially if they don’t understand the different things organizations say they are trying to measure. U.S. News points out its rankings are meant to rank hospitals based on specialties, using data such as death rates for patients who represent especially challenging cases, patient safety and other measures of performance that can be assessed.

For those who are curious how local hospitals stacked up, here’s the latest according to U.S. News:

  • Inova Fairfax came in first locally, ranked nationally at No. 30 in gynecology. It also was rated "high-performing" in eight other adult specialties.
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center ranked second in the region and nationally at No. 39 for its cardiology and heart surgery program. It was rated "high-performing" in three other adult specialties.
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Mary Washington Hospital and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital tied for third in the region. MedStar Georgetown has three "high-performing" adult specialities," Mary Washington has four "high-performing" adult specialties and Inova Fair Oaks has one.
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital tied for sixth place. Sibley Memorial has no "high-performing" adult specialties. Inova Mount Vernon has one.
  • Virginia Hospital Center ranked ninth in the metro region with one "high-performing" adult specialty.

In Baltimore, Johns Hopkins tied for third place overall on U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital "Honor Roll’ with UCLA Medical Center. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston took first, bumping Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic to second this year.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital was ranked No. 13 in the nation in rehabilitation. It was unranked regionally.

U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals came out in June. Children’s National was on its Honor Roll and ranked "high performing" in 10 specialties.

Kevin Wrege, Esq.

Founder & President

Pulse Issues & Advocacy LLC

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