100 Great Community Hospitals

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Community hospitals are a critical component to the American healthcare continuum. These hospitals are often the anchors of health and employment within their communities, providing patients with top-quality care close to home. The following hospitals have demonstrated commitments to the health of their local population through clinical excellence, community involvement and various other efforts.

To compile this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team analyzed information, recognition and rankings from a variety of industry sources, including iVantage Health Analytics, Thomson Reuters, HealthGrades and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Note: These hospitals include fewer than 550 patient beds and have minimal teaching programs.

AnMed Health Medical Center (Anderson, S.C.). AnMed Health Medical Center opened in 1908. The 461-bed facility has undergone many renovations and milestones over 104 years, including an affiliation agreement with Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens, S.C., and Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C., in 2009. AnMed Health was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. HealthGrades also awarded Anmed with its third consecutive Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012 and distinction as one of its was named one of the 100 Best Hospitals in 2012.

Aspirus Wausau (Wis.) Hospital. Aspirus Wausau Hospital is a regional health resource for north central Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. The Magnet facility has 321 beds and is staffed by 350 physicians in 35 specialties. The hospital is best known for its cardiovascular program, but it has also received recognition in many other specialties such as joint replacement, stroke care and women's health. HealthGrades awarded Aspirus Wausau with a 2011 and 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence as well as a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011.

Augusta Health (Fisherville, Va.).
Augusta Health is a 255-bed hospital located in the Shenandoah Valley. The hospital opened in 1994 and has grown to employ more and 2,300 staff members with 225 active full-time physicians. Augusta is a 2012 recipient of HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. In 2012, the hospital was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals for a second consecutive year.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, Wis.). Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a joint venture of Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wis., and BayCare Clinic in Green Bay. The 167-bed, full service hospital serves communities throughout northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Aurora BayCare has received Magnet accreditation for excellence in nursing, a HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012 and a HealthGrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the medical center was named a 2012 top regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

Bay Medical Center (Panama City, Fla.). Bay Medical Center was chartered in 1949. Today, the hospital has 323 beds, 2,000 employees and more than 250 physicians on staff. Bay Medical has received many accolades for clinical excellence, including a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and recognition as one of the 50 Best Hospitals from HealthGrades in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Bay Medical provided more than $30 million in charity and uncompensated care to the community.

Beebe Medical Center (Lewes, Del.). Founded in 1916 by two physician brothers, Beebe Medical center is now a 210-bed, non-profit hospital offering inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services. Beebe participates in many community events, including fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. HealthGrades ranked the hospital in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall clinic excellence with a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. In 2012, Beebe was also recognized by HealthGrades for excellence in coronary intervention, joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, pulmonary care and spine surgery.

Bon Secours St. Francis Health System (Greenville, S.C.). The Bon Secours St. Francis Health System was founded in 1932. The private, non-profit hospital has 3,482 employees and 338 beds. Bon Secours St. Francis offers many community resources including the Lifewise Senior Program, an outreach program for men and women age 55 and older that promotes physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellness through various activities, events and membership benefits. The hospital has received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012 from HealthGrades and recognition for excellence in joint replacement and orthopedic surgery from HealthGrades in 2012.

Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, Mass.). The 259-bed Cape Cod Hospital has one of the busiest emergency departments in New England, providing emergency services to 84,000 patients annually. Cape Cod Hospital has more than 1,700 employees and more than 300 physicians on staff. The hospital brings approximately 1,000 babies into the world each year and performs more than 12,500 surgeries. HealthGrades has recognized Cape Cod with a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012 as well as an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011 and 2012.

Carolinas Medical Center – NorthEast (Concord, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast provides healthcare services through an extensive inpatient and outpatient network including Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, Hayes Family Center and Battle Cancer Center, all in Concord. The 457-bed, non-profit medical center has an arts and science council that supports cultural facilities by providing funds to the arts, sciences and historical partners in the Concord community. Additionally, Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast has received numerous HealthGrades honors including a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2012 and a Joint Replacement Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012.

Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.).
This nationally recognized 313-bed hospital is located in a western suburb of Chicago. Its patients benefit from its partnerships with local hospitals and a recent affiliation with Cleveland Clinic for adult oncology and cardiology services. For the last five years, Central DuPage Hospital has been named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals. In 2012, the hospital received recognition from HealthGrades for its excellence in neurosciences, neurosurgery and pulmonary and stroke care as well as a 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award. Central DuPage is in the midst of a multi-year construction project to redefine its campus and streamline its services.

Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center.
Chandler Regional Medical Center, a member of San Francisco-based Dignity Health, was built in 1965 to provide residents of the East Valley community with closer healthcare services. The hospital has received numerous accolades from HealthGrades, most notably a 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2012 Patient Safety Excellence Award. Earlier this year, Chandler Regional collaborated with Mercy Gilbert (Ariz.) Medical Center to provide roughly $250,000 in grants to 11 non-profits organizations in the community.

Chelsea (Mich.) Community Hospital. Chelsea Community Hospital was established in 1970. This non-profit hospital is part of Mich.-based Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health. Press Ganey and HealthGrades have nationally recognized Chelsea Community for its quality of care and patient satisfaction. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the hospital received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades. In March, the hospital broke ground on a two-story addition, which will add 54 new beds, a new emergency room, X-ray and imaging areas, outpatient rehab and therapy, a new front entrance and a new lobby to the hospital.

Columbus (Ind.) Regional Hospital. Columbus Regional Hospital is a 225-bed facility with 1,625 physicians, nurses and clinical staff members. In 2012, the hospital received recognition as one of the nation's 100 best hospitals for stroke care by HealthGrades. In 2010 and 2012, HealthGrades recognized the hospital for patient safety with a Patient Safety Excellence Award, indicating that its patient safety ratings are in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals. Columbus Regional is one of only 238 hospitals in the country and one of eleven hospitals in Indiana to receive this designation.

Danbury (Conn.) Hospital. Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington and University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. The hospital has earned Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence and a Distinguished Hospital  Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010 and 2012 as well as a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011, both from HealthGrades. Danbury is first hospital in Connecticut to become a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building, design and construction.

Dixie Regional Medical Center (Saint George, Utah). Dixie Regional Medical Center is a 245-bed hospital and member of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. The medical center is the major referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah. Dixie Regional partners with the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City to provide cancer care to patients close to home. The medical center recently opened Gateway to Wellness, which is a collection of services including fitness classes, nutrition coaches and personalized medical fitness evaluations. In 2012, Dixie Regional received a Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Dupont Hospital (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Dupont Hospital is a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network in Fort Wayne and more than 260 area physicians. HealthGrades has also recognized Dupont Hospital with an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, the hospital was also a 2012 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital. In addition to its partnership with the local high school for CPR training, the 131-bed hospital is involved in a number of charitable events and community activities, including painting and landscaping projects.

Edward Hospital (Naperville, Ill.).
Edward Hospital is located in the western suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Naperville and Plainfield, plus outpatient facilities and physician office locations throughout the region. The hospital has 309 patient rooms and 4,400 employees, including 1,350 nurses and a medical staff of 1,000 physicians, representing nearly 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. HealthGrades ranked Edward Hospital among the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac services in 2010, 2011 and 2012; cardiac surgery in 2012; and coronary intervention in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The Finley Hospital (Dubuque, Iowa). The Finley Hospital was established in 1890. Today, the hospital has 126 beds, 875 employees and provides more than $5 million in annual community benefits. The hospital recently opened its Finley Heart Center, adding heart disease preventative services such as nuclear cardiologic imaging to the hospital. HealthGrades ranked The Finley Hospital in the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for general surgery in 2011 and 2012. The hospital also received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011 and 2012 and a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst, N.C.).
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital is a 395-bed, acute-care, non-profit hospital serving a 15-county region in the Carolinas. It is the flagship hospital for N.C.-based FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Moore Regional opened in 1929 with 33 beds and a staff of 27. Now the hospital has an active medical staff of 249 physicians. Moore Regional has been recognized by HealthGrades as one of the nation's best hospitals in joint replacement and orthopedic surgery for three consecutive years. The hospital has also been recognized by HealthGrades with a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010 and 2012 and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Flagler Hospital (Saint Augustine, Fla.). Flagler Hospital has operated as a non-profit institution since its founding in 1889. This 335-bed, acute-care hospital ranked among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for the past seven consecutive years. In 2011 and 2012, HealthGrades recognized Flagler as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals and awarded it the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. In February, Flagler expanded its no-smoking policy to prohibit smoking throughout the entire hospital campus to promote and improve the health of employees, patients and visitors.

Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis. Franciscan St. Francis Health's Indianapolis campus opened in 1995. The hospital is part of a network of 14 hospital campuses in Indiana and Illinois owned and operated by the Franciscan Alliance, a healthcare system in Mishawaka, Ind. The hospital was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for clinical performance with the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012. The hospital also received recognition as one of the nation's best hospitals in cardiac care, coronary intervention and general surgery by HealthGrades in 2012. The hospital expanded its facility in March with a six-story inpatient tower.

Fremont (Neb.) Area Medical Center. Fremont Area Medical Center is a non-profit healthcare facility owned by Dodge County, chartered in 1940. The 202-bed facility has been recognized by HealthGrades with a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. FAMC has a variety of community benefit initiatives, many of which are spearheaded by the FAMC Foundation. The foundation has awarded $150,000 through its scholarship fund to 182 students in health-related fields since 1989. Many of the scholarship recipients have gone on to serve the Fremont community as nurses, physicians, physician assistants and therapists.  

Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia, N.C.).
Established in 1946, Gaston Memorial Hospital is the anchor of CaroMont Health. The 435-bed, non-profit hospital has received a variety of industry awards and recognition, including HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Gaston Memorial hosted the Gaston County Health Summit, an event that brought together leaders from community organizations and businesses to discuss ways to improve health and the relationship between providers and businesses.

Good Shepherd Medical Center (Longview, Texas). Good Shepherd Medical Center opened in 1935 as the 47-bed Gregg Memorial Hospital. After changing its name to Good Shepherd Medical Center in 1981 and undergoing multiple expansions, the hospital is now a 425-bed regional referral center. In May 2012, the hospital opened an emergency center in Kilgore, Texas. Good Shepherd Memorial has earned numerous awards for its clinical care and patient satisfaction, including a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2011.

Hamilton Medical Center (Dalton, Ga.). Hamilton Medical Center is a 282-bed, regional, acute-car hospital offering major medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Included under Hamilton Medical Center are the Bradley Wellness Center, Hamilton Specialty Care, Hamilton Home Health and Hamilton Hospice. The hospital was named one of the nation's Best Regional Hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report. HealthGrades has recognized Hamilton Medical with a 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2011 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

Heartland Regional Medical Center (Saint Joseph, Mo.).
Heartland Regional Medical Center is part of Heartland Health, an integrated healthcare delivery system. In 2012, HealthGrades recognized Heartland Regional as one of the nation's 100 best in general surgery, pulmonary care and gastrointestinal care. The hospital also received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades in 2012. The Heartland Foundation provides leadership and financial support for a range of programs and services including scholarships, community revitalization efforts and innovate approaches to health and quality of life improvements.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital. Holland Hospital is a leading hospital in the West Michigan lakeshore area, serving the greater Holland area and surrounding communities through Ottawa and Allegan counties. The non-profit, 189-bed hospital was founded more than 90 years ago. Holland Hospital has received national recognition as a top performing hospital including Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence and awards for excellence in critical care, patient experience, emergency medicine and patient safety from HealthGrades. HealthGrades also recognized Holland Hospital with a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the past three years. For seven years in a row, Holland Hospital has been named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals List.   

Howard County General Hospital (Columbia, Md.). Howard County General Hospital has been serving the community for 40 years. In 1998, the hospital entered into a strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine. Last year, the 249-bed hospital had more than 19,000 admissions and upwards of 13,500 surgical procedures. More than 3,200 babies were delivered at the hospital last year, as well. The hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2010 and 2011, and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award for the past three years from HealthGrades.

Hunterdon Medical Center (Flemington, N.J.).
Hunterdon Medical Center, part of Hunterdon Healthcare, opened its doors in 1953. The Magnet-accredited, 178-bed, non-profit community hospital treats more than 8,600 inpatients annually. Hunterdon Medical is a teaching hospital, and its family practice residency is one of the oldest in the nation. HealthGrades recognized the hospital for excellence in general surgery in 2010, gynecologic surgery in 2011 and 2011 and joint replacement in 2011.

Iredell Memorial Hospital (Statesville, N.C.). Iredell Memorial Hospital is a 247-bed, non-profit facility. The hospital employs approximately 1,600 people and has around 140 physicians on staff representing a variety of specialties. Iredell Memorial's community cancer program is certified by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, and the hospital also offers the only diabetes program in the county to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association. The Magnet-accredited hospital has received HealthGrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012 as well as an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

John Muir Medical Center (Walnut Creek, Calif.). John Muir Medical Center is the only trauma center for Contra Costa County and portions of Solano County. The 572-bed, Magnet-accredited hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012 for the third consecutive year and recognition as one of the nation's 100 Best Hospitals, both from HealthGrades. In April, the hospital announced plans to open John Muir Health Outpatient Center, which will house primary care physicians, some specialists, an urgent care center, patient education, laboratory and imaging services.

Kalispell (Mont.) Regional Medical Center. Kalispell Regional Medical Center is a regional referral center offering a full spectrum of healthcare services. The hospital has nearly 200 physicians on staff and 1,300 employees through 100 departments. In 2012, HealthGrades recognized Kalispell Regional Medical Center with a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence because KRMC's low complications and mortality rates are within the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country. KRMC was also recognized by HealthGrades with the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012. Out of  more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States, KRMC was one of only a few hospitals to earn all three designations.

Kent General Hospital (Dover, Del.).
Kent General Hospital has served the Dover community since 1927. The hospital was one of the first in Delaware to offer intensity-modulated radiation therapy treatment for cancer, and its new Wound Care Center provides specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds. In 2012, Kent General received awards for excellence in gastrointestinal care, general surgery, pulmonary care and critical care as well as a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012, a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012, all from HealthGrades.

King's Daughters Medical Center (Ashland, Ky.). King's Daughters Medical Center is a locally-controlled, non-profit, 465-bed regional referral center, covering a 150-mile radius that includes southern Ohio, eastern Kentucky and western West Virginia. Established in 1899, KDMC ranks fourth in the state of Kentucky in terms of overall admissions. In 2012, KDMC received an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades for the third consecutive year. The hospital has also been awarded HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the past three years.

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Lancaster General Hospital is a part of Lancaster General Health. The hospital has served the community's healthcare needs since 1893. Lancaster General has received many awards and recognitions; most notably it received HealthGrades' America's 50 Best Hospitals Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012, recognizing the hospital as among the top 5 percent in the nation for clinical and patient safety excellence. Additionally, HealthGrades awarded Lancaster General for its excellence in cardiac care, cardiac surgery and coronary interventions for three consecutive years.

Lynchburg (Va.) General Hospital. Lynchburg General Hospital is an emergency and critical care center that offers a range of specialty services, including cardiology, emergency medicine, orthopedics, oncology, neurology and neurosurgery. In 2011, Thomson Reuters named the 358-bed hospital as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital. Lynchburg General received numerous recognitions from HealthGrades in 2012, including a Patient Safety Excellence Award and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

Major Hospital (Shelbyville, Ind.).
Major Hospital has provided quality healthcare to individuals in Shelby County since it opened its doors in 1924. In 2012, HealthGrades recognized the hospital for its excellence in gastrointestinal care, naming it among the nation's 100 best hospitals in that area. Major Hospital also received HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012 for the third consecutive year.

Margaret Mary Community Hospital (Batesville, Ind.). Margaret Mary Community Hospital is a non-profit hospital providing inpatient and outpatient services to the Batesville community between Cincinnati and Indianapolis. The 25-bed hospital has served the community for more than 75 years, ever since a local family invited Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis to open a hospital in the area in 1930. Margaret Mary recently received its second consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. This award was given to two cancer programs in the state of Indiana.

Martin Memorial Medical Center (Stuart, Fla.).
Martin Memorial Medical Center is a part of Martin Health System, based in Stuart. The 244-bed medical center was named to Thomson Reuters' 2012 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. Martin Health System was also named to Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Hospitals List in 2012. In addition, Martin Memorial has earned numerous HealthGrades awards, including recognition as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals for the past two years, and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the past three years.

Mary Greeley Medical Center (Ames, Iowa). Mary Greeley Medical Center is a regional referral center serving a 13-county region throughout central Iowa. The medical center opened in 1916 and since then it has grown into a 220-bed hospital with approximately 1,391 employees and a staff of 190 physicians. HealthGrades recognized the hospital with an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012 and, in 2012, HealthGrades ranked Mary Greely Medical among the nation's 100 best hospitals for gastrointestinal care.

McKay-Dee Hospital Center (Ogden, Utah).
McKay-Dee Hospital Center is a member of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare. The hospital offers nationally ranked programs including a heart and vascular institute and newborn intensive care unit. The hospital's cancer center was the only program in northern Utah to receive national breast cancer center accreditation. In 2012, McKay Dee was a Thomson Reuter Top 100 Hospital. HealthGrades has also recognized the hospital with a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2011 and 2011 and a Pediatric Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010.

McKee Medical Center (Loveland, Colo.). McKee Medical Center began serving the Loveland, Colo., community in 1976. The 132-bed, acute-care hospital offers only private rooms to help individuals recover in a peaceful, healing environment. McKee's family birthing suites offer moms a comfortable space for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care — without having to transfer rooms. Beyond distinguishing itself in obstetrics, the hospital received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence as well as an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2012.

Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia, Ga.).
Meadows Regional Medical Center was established in 1963. Since then, it has seen major growth culminating in a state-of-the-art, 194,000-square-foot renovation in 2011. The medical center now has 64-beds, a technologically-advanced radiology department, six new surgical suites and a cardiovascular lab where physicians provide diagnostic and interventional cardiology services. HealthGrades has recognized Meadows Regional with an Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the past three consecutive years.

Memorial Hermann Katy (Texas) Hospital.
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is a part of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, the largest non-profit hospital system in Texas. Memorial Hermann Katy takes part in Memorial Hermann Healthcare System's Medical Mission, which was founded in 1999. The Medical Mission serves a liaison between the resources of Memorial Hermann hospitals and underserved residents of global communities during natural disasters in the United States. Memorial Hermann Katy has received recognition from HealthGrades for excellence in pulmonary care, emergency medicine and stroke care. The hospital also received an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2012.

Memorial Hospital West (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).
Memorial Hospital West opened in 1992 to help meet the diverse healthcare needs of the community. The hospital features advanced programs through its Cardiac and Vascular Institute, Memorial Cancer Institute and Neuroscience Center. Additionally, Memorial Hospital West has a separate children's emergency department affiliated with Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla. Memorial Hospital has received numerous awards from HealthGrades. In 2012, the hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award and awards for its critical care, pulmonary care and stroke care.

Mercy Health – Hospital Clermont (Batavia, Ohio).
Clermont Hospital, a member of Mercy Health, was established in 1973. Since then, it has served as Clermont County's leading healthcare provider. The hospital features one of the region's newest and largest intensive care units and one of the region's first dedicated wound care centers. Clermont's pulmonary services earned it a 2012 Pulmonary Care Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa (Mason City). Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is a non-profit, community healthcare system that offers comprehensive care for individuals throughout northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The hospital was a 2012 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital. Mercy Medical has also received a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010 and 2012, an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011 as well as recognition for excellence in coronary intervention, general surgery and stroke care, all from HealthGrades.

Methodist Medical Center of Illinois (Peoria). Methodist Medical Center of Illinois is a 329-bed hospital in the heart of Peoria. Founded in 1900, Methodist provides a full range of services, with almost 600 board-certified physicians. In order to help patients become and stay healthy with a balanced and nutritional diet, Methodist Medical provides healthy recipes online. In 2012, HealthGrades ranked Methodist Medical within the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for stroke treatment and pulmonary care. The hospital has also received Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2010 and a Women's Health Excellence Award in 2012.

Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, Conn.). The 147-bed Middlesex Hospital has achieved Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence four times in a row. It has also been named to Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Hospitals four times — the only hospital in Connecticut to do so two years in a row. In 2012, Middlesex Hospital was the recipient of a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the third consecutive year, and it was named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in 2012, both recognitions from HealthGrades.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center (Burlingame, Calif.). Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, part of Sacramento-based Sutter Health, includes a 241-bed hospital and adjoining outpatient physician office. Mills-Peninsula Medical has received many quality awards from HealthGrades, including recognition on its list of America's 100 Best Hospitals in 2012, a 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and a 2012 Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

Minden (La.) Medical Center.
The 161-bed Minden Medical Center, a member of Brentwood, Tenn.-based LifePoint Hospitals, is a 161-bed hospital that dates back to 1926. In 2011, Minden Medical Center was also a 2012 Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Hospital. HealthGrades also recognized the hospital for its outstanding patient experience in 2011. In 2010, Minden Medical provided $89.8 million in uncompensated care, which included more than $8.8 million for charity care and bad debt. The hospital also recently finished a new Medical Pavilion — a $1.7 million project consisting of three individual clinic spaces.  

NCH North Naples (Fla.) Hospital. NCH's North Naples Hospital, part of Naples-based NCH Healthcare System, has 261 acute-care beds. The hospital caters to its patient population with the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging, an acute-care unit for the elderly that incorporates care specialized for high-risk populations. The hospital has also recently added a patient tower offering patients a "spa-like" environment. In 2012, NCH North Naples was recognized for excellence in cardiac care and coronary intervention placing it among the nation's best hospitals in these areas, according to HealthGrades.

Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center (Chanute, Kan.).
Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 23-bed hospital that provides care to 45,000 residents in a 60 mile radius. Located in the southeast portion of the state, the hospital was established in 1930 as a private hospital by Dr. L.D. Johnson. Today, Neosho Memorial is a non-profit, county-owned critical access hospital. The hospital has received many awards for its quality service such as a 2011 Leadership in Quality Initiatives Award from Quorum Health Resources and a 2011 National Healthcare Organization of the Month Award from the Studer Group. The hospital also received a Governor's Award of Excellence in 2010 and 2011.  

Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Newton, Mass.). Patients who visit Newton-Wellesley have access to more than 1,000 affiliated physicians. The hospital is a member of Boston-based Partners HealthCare, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, both in Boston. Newton-Wellesley started as a cottage hospital in 1880 and has grown into a 313-bed facility. The hospital received numerous accolades, including a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2012 and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2012, both from HealthGrades.

North Colorado Medical Center (Greeley). North Colorado Medical Center opened in 1904 as The Greeley Hospital. As the name changed over the years, the facility grew into a fully-accredited, 398-bed hospital with 250 staff physicians and 2,900 employees. NCMC professionals are nationally recognized for excellence in programs such as burn and trauma care. State-of-the-art technology such as iCare and telehealth programs offer extra monitoring for NCMC patients in intensive care units. In addition, the hospital has an intelligent obstetrics program, designed to reduce complications during labor and delivery. In 2012, NCMC received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award for the third year in a row and recognition as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (Gainesville). Northeast Georgia Medical Center, which includes more than 500 physicians, was recognized by HealthGrades as one of the best in the state and among the top 5 percent in the nation for its cardiac care. It also received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence — for the past three years — and was named within the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery, coronary intervention, critical care and general surgery. Northeast Georgia is currently building a new hospital about 18 miles outside of Gainesville. The hospital will house numerous physician specialties, an urgent care center and outpatient services including imaging, lab and physical and occupational therapy.

North Kansas City (Mo.) Hospital.
Founded in 1958 as an 80-bed facility, North Kansas City Hospital continues to expand to meet the needs of its growing community. Now the hospital has 451 beds, a medical staff of 600 physicians representing 49 medical specialties and 21,900 annual admissions. North Kansas City Hospital's spine surgical services are among the top 5 percent in the nation, according to HealthGrades. In 2012, the hospital has also received recognition for its patient safety, emergency medicine and pulmonary care excellence from HealthGrades.

Owensboro (Ky.) Medical Health System. Owensboro Medical Health System is a 477-bed hospital with 3,205 employees and 206 medical staff members. Owensboro admits more than 17,000 patients annually. In August 2010, Owensboro opened The Center for Integrative Medicine with affiliate Cooperative Health Services to blend primary care with complementary therapies. In 2012, Owensboro Medical was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals and received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades.

Palmetto Health Baptist Easley (S.C.) Hospital. Baptist Easley Hospital has been part of the upstate South Carolina community since 1958. The 109-bed hospital is the result of a partnership between Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C., and Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System University Medical Center. In 2012, Baptist Easley received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades. In January, Baptist Easley began construction on a new medical complex to expand its orthopedic, physical therapy, X-ray and laboratory services.

Paoli (Pa.) Hospital. Paoli Hospital serves Philadelphia's Chester County with medical and surgical services that have been recognized on both regional and national levels. In 2012, Paoli was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals List and U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals List. Paoli was also named a top performer in the CMS Premier healthcare alliance value-based purchasing Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration, which rewarded hospitals for high quality care in six clinical areas. In 2011, the hospital received excellence awards for patient safety and patient experience from HealthGrades.

Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital.
Parma Community General Hospital is an independent, non-profit hospital in Cuyahoga County. Founded in 1961, Parma Hospital now has 348 beds with a medical staff of more than 500 physicians. The hospital has had computerized patient records since 1996 and electronic medication verification since 2006. In 2012, Parma Hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a Women's Health Excellence Award and a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades. In May 2012, the hospital was one of the first hospitals in the greater Cleveland area to integrate a three-dimensional high definition surgical vision system into the operating room. This robotic system allows surgeons to view a patient's anatomy in three dimensions during minimally invasive laparoscopy.  

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is part of Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health. In 2012, the 522-bed, acute-care facility expanded its emergency department. HealthGrades has named Penrose-St. Francis one of the 50 Best Hospitals for five consecutive years. It has also received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for three consecutive years.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital (Fayetteville, Ga.). Piedmont Fayette Hospital, part of Piedmont Healthcare, is a 157-bed, acute-care community hospital. Thomson Reuters named it one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for a fifth year in 2011. In 2012, the hospital received excellence awards in pulmonary care, joint replacement, critical care and orthopedic surgery as well as an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award and a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades. The hospital became a tobacco-free campus beginning May 21, 2012.

Presbyterian Hospital (Charlotte, N.C.). Presbyterian Hospital is a private, non-profit regional medical center and one of the largest healthcare institutions in the Carolinas. It is the flagship hospital for Charlotte, N.C.-based Presbyterian Healthcare. Over the past two years, the Magnet-accredited hospital has been adding floors, hospital beds and expanding services. Last year, Presbyterian completed a four-story expansion, which houses state-of-the-art patient rooms and a 20-bed cardiac triage unit. The hospital also opened an outpatient surgery center in February. The 19,600-square-foot facility combines comprehensive surgical eye care, pediatric endoscopy and a diagnostic breast center. In each of the past three years, Presbyterian Hospital has received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades.

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (Mission Hills, Calif.). Providence Holy Cross Medical Center is a 377-bed, non-profit facility offering a full continuum of healthcare from inpatient and outpatient services to home healthcare, health education and community outreach programs. In 2012, HealthGrades awarded the hospital excellence awards in pulmonary care and stroke care. Providence Holy Cross has also earned Magnet accreditation for excellence in nursing services. This year the hospital is celebrating 25 years of trauma care as one of only two hospitals in the San Fernando Valley with a Level II trauma center designation.

Reid Hospital & Health Care Services (Richmond, Ind.).
Reid Hospital & Health Care Services opened as Reid Memorial Hospital in 1905. Today, Reid Hospital boasts numerous national accreditations as a non-profit, 207-bed regional referral medical center serving east central Indiana and west central Ohio. In 2012, Reid Hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades. This year, the hospital is upgrading its vascular surgery suite with state-of-the-art software and monitoring systems.  

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Established in 1964, Riverside Medical Center is a part of Riverside HealthCare, a fully integrated healthcare system serving the counties of Kankakee, Iroquois, Will, Grundy and beyond. The 325-bed hospital is nationally recognized and award winning. As the only hospital with Magnet designation in the area, it has been named a 100 Top Hospital by Thomson Reuters four times. In 2012, HealthGrades recognized Riverside with a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and for excellence in joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, prostatectomy and stroke care. The hospital's orthopedic surgery places it among the top 5 percent in the nation, according to HealthGrades.

Riverwood Healthcare Center (Aitkin, Minn.). Located roughly 120 miles north of Minneapolis, the 24-bed Riverwood Healthcare Center has served Aitkin County and surrounding north central communities since 1955. In June, the hospital opened a new wing for support services to house 60 to 70 employees from multiple departments. In 2010 and 2011, Riverwood Healthcare received a Joint Replacement Excellence Award from HealthGrades. The hospital has also received an $80,000 grant from the Minnesota affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to bring better breast health education and awareness to the Aitkin area.

Rogue Valley Medical Center (Medford, Ore.). In 2008, Rogue Valley Medical Center celebrated its 50th year serving the Oregon region. The 378-bed hospital recently collaborated with the Oregon Health & Science University Telemedicine Network to provide stroke patients with access to top stroke physicians at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland through a robotic video-conferencing unit. In 2012, HealthGrades ranked Rogue Valley among the top 5 percent in the nation for its joint replacement, orthopedic surgery and prostatectomy. It also received recognition for excellence in stroke care, general surgery and critical care as well as a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Rockingham Memorial Hospital (Harrisonburg, Va.). Rockingham Memorial Hospital has provided healthcare services since 1912. The 238-bed hospital serves a seven-county area with a population close to 200,000, admitting more than 1,300 inpatients, nearly 192,000 outpatients and delivering close to 1,700 babies per year. The hospital provides its patients with an online health library, which offers healthy living tips, interactive tools and media as well as links to recent health news. In 2012, Rockingham received an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award and a Coronary Intervention Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Russell Medical Center (Alexander City, Ala.). Russell Medical Center is a non-profit, acute-care facility serving the healthcare needs of east central Alabama. The 55-bed hospital opened in 1923 and has collected many milestones over the years. In the beginning of this year, Russell Medical announced a joint venture with the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation in Birmingham to enhance oncology services for patients. The hospital also began construction on a new cardiac catheterization lab, scheduled to open this summer. Both initiatives aim to pursue high-quality care and improved patient outcomes. Fittingly, the hospital earned recognition for its outstanding patient experience from HealthGrades in 2011.

Rutherford Hospital (Rutherfordton, N.C.).
Founded in 1906, Rutherford Hospital is a 143-bed acute-care hospital that provides inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to the residents of Rutherford County. The hospital is now part of a larger health system, Rutherford Regional Health System. In the past, Rutherford Hospital has been named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals four times. It also received recognition for excellence in general and gastrointestinal surgery from HealthGrades in 2011 and 2010. In 2012, the hospital opened Rutherford Wound Care and Hyperbarics and remodeled its ground floor.

Sacred Heart Hospital (Eau Claire, Wis.). Sacred Heart Hospital, an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Ill., opened in 1889. Since then, it has grown into a 344-bed acute-care hospital that provides emergency department and regional cancer center services. In 2012, the hospital received an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award, a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and excellence awards in gynecological surgery and critical care from HealthGrades. In May, the hospital received the Environmental Leadership Circle Award for demonstrating the highest degree of commitment to environmental sustainability. Sacred Heart was also recently recertified as a Level III trauma center.

Sacred Heart Medical Center – Riverbend (Springfield, Ore.). Sacred Heart Medical Center – Riverbend, a member of Bellevue, Wash.-based PeaceHealth healthcare system, is a 374-bed, acute-care hospital. In 2012, HealthGrades awarded the hospital for excellence in pulmonary care, general surgery and critical care. Sacred Heart also received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades in 2012. In February of this year, caregivers at Sacred Heart contributed to a $330,731 donation toward the Community Health Fund, a program that provides financial assistance to the under- and uninsured.

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, Calif.). For more than 30 years, South Orange County residents have turned to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center for quality healthcare. The nationally-recognized hospital was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2012. For the past three consecutive years, HealthGrades awarded the hospital a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.

St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital. Since it was founded by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in 1886, St. Cloud Hospital has grown from a small, community hospital to a comprehensive, high-quality regional medical center. Currently, the hospital has nearly 4,300 employees and a medical staff of 400 physicians. St. Cloud has been named a 100 Top Hospital by Thomson Reuters and one of America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report multiple times. HealthGrades named St. Cloud among the nation's top 5 percent for cardiac surgery, gastrointestinal care and general surgery in 2012.

Saint Elizabeth Boardman (Ohio) Health Center. Located about 80 miles southeast of Cleveland, Saint Elizabeth Boardman Health Center features colors, nature, natural light, artwork, water features and classical music, which create a healing and calming environment. In 2012, St. Elizabeth Boardman was ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for its pulmonary care and critical care by HealthGrades. The hospital also received recognition for its stroke care and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). Located approximately nine miles from Cincinnati, St. Elizabeth Edgewood is a member of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, one of the oldest, largest and most respected medical providers in the Greater Cincinnati area. In 2012, the hospital was named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, and it received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, placing it among the nation's top 5 percent of hospitals.

Saint Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Saint Luke's Hospital has served the Cedar Rapids community since its founding more than 125 years ago. The 532-bed hospital is a member of Iowa Health System, which recently entered a collaboration with Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa for an accountable care organization. In 2012, Saint Luke's was a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital for the fourth time. The hospital has also received numerous other awards: It was named one America's 50 Best Hospitals and received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for a third consecutive year, both distinctions from HealthGrades.

St. Mary's Hospital (Madison, Wis.). St. Mary's Hospital opened its doors with 70 beds in September 1912. Since then, the hospital has grown to include an outpatient surgery center, an off-site adult day health center, a home healthcare organization and three surgery centers. St. Mary's is a member of St. Louis-based SSM Healthcare, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary, and has affiliations with St. Mary's Care Center, a skilled nursing center, and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison. In 2012, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades.

St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center (Missoula, Mont.). St. Patrick Hospital opened in 1873 under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Providence. The hospital now has 253 licensed beds and in 2011, it admitted more than 7,908 patients. In May, St. Patrick Hospital received the Healthy Hospital Award for saving $352,293 by diverting 5,413 pounds of medical waste from landfills in 2010. In 2012, St. Patrick was ranked among the nation's top 5 percent for spine surgery excellence by HealthGrades.

Saint Thomas Hospital (Nashville, Tenn.).
Saint Thomas Hospital, a member of Nashville-based Saint Thomas Health, has been caring for patients for 113 years. Today, the non-profit hospital provides adult specialty care to more than two million residents of middle Tennessee, southwestern Kentucky and northern Alabama. Saint Thomas hosts 541 beds including 40 critical care, 80 special care and 140 telemetry beds along with 750 affiliated physicians. In 2012, the hospital earned distinction as a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital for the 11th time as well as a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and a Patient Safety Excellence Award for the third consecutive year from HealthGrades.

St. Vincent Carmel (Ind.) Hospital.
St. Vincent Carmel Hospital is a member of St. Vincent Health, a health system with locations across Indiana. The non-profit hospital recently expanded its emergency department and breast center and embarked on an expansion and renovation of its maternity unit. St. Vincent Carmel has received multiple quality and care excellence awards. In 2012, it received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award for the third consecutive year from HealthGrades. Prior to that, the hospital was recognized for its excellence in stroke care and joint replacement in 2010.

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital (Baytown, Texas). Located roughly 30 miles outside Houston, San Jacinto Methodist Hospital opened its doors in 1948 and continues to meet the needs of the community as the area's only non-profit, church-affiliated medical center. In 2012, the hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades, placing it among the top 5 percent of the nation's hospitals for the fifth year. HealthGrades also ranked the hospital among the top 5 percent in the nation for critical care and the top 10 percent for stroke care. It was also named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals.

Santa Barbara (Calif.) Cottage Hospital. Founded in 1888, the 408-bed, acute-care teaching hospital is the largest of its kind between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital receives 18,000 annual patient admissions. Fittingly, the hospital received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2012 as well as recognition for excellence in spine surgery, prostatectomy, gastrointestinal care and neurosurgery. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is currently replacing its inpatient care facilities at an estimated cost of more than $700 million. The new hospital will feature 337 rooms, state-of-the-art operating suites, an emergency department expansion and sophisticated surgical and imaging technologies.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Healthcare Shea Medical Center.
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is a 433-bed, nationally recognized hospital. In 2012, HealthGrades ranked Scottsdale Healthcare Shea among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for cardiac care, coronary intervention, gastrointestinal care and general surgery. In 2012, the hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades. The hospital participates in Scottsdale Healthcare's Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health program, medical and dental care to uninsured children in the Scottsdale area.

Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Scripps Green Hospital has served the La Jolla and greater San Diego communities since 1977 and is home to a variety of medical "firsts." It offered one of San Diego's first liver transplant programs and was one of the nation's first hospitals to provide stem cell transplants. For the second year in a row, the hospital received a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades as well as recognition for excellence in a variety of healthcare services. Scripps Green was also named a 2011 to 2012 Best Hospital in Cardiology by U.S. News & World Report.

Southeastern Regional Medical Center (Lumberton, N.C.). Southeastern Regional Medical Center, a non-profit organization, received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011 and a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012 from HealthGrades. Southeastern Regional also received excellence awards in cardiac care and pulmonary care from HealthGrades in 2012. The medical center has 452 beds and offers acute-care, intensive care and psychiatric care to more than 14,000 patients each year.

Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Medical Center. Spartanburg Regional Medical Center has served its community for more than 90 years. The hospital is a part of Spartanburg Regional, an integrated healthcare delivery system that includes Spartanburg Regional Physician Group and other healthcare facilities. Spartanburg Regional will open its cancer center in 2013. The hospital has received numerous awards from HealthGrades including a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2010. In 2012, Spartanburg Regional received a Women's Health Excellence Award and recognition for excellence in prostatectomy and pulmonary care from HealthGrades.

The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, N.J.). Valley Hospital is a fully-accredited, acute-care, non-profit hospital serving more than 440,000 people in 32 towns in Bergen County and adjoining communities. The 451-bed hospital handles roughly 51,730 annual admissions and most recent statistics name the hospital the second-busiest in the state of New Jersey. Valley Hospital has received many quality awards from HealthGrades, most notably an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011, a Women's Health Excellence Award in 2012 for the third consecutive year. In addition, in 2012, HealthGrades named the hospital among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for cardiac care, cardiac surgery and coronary intervention.

Thibodaux (La.) Regional Medical Center.
Thibodaux Regional Medical Center is a federally-owned, 185-bed regional medical center, offering specialized services such as heart surgery, radiation oncology and neurology. The medical center has more than 900 employees and 111 active staff physicians along with 115 consulting and specialty physicians. In October 2008, Thibodaux Regional launched the third phase of a $100 million facility renovation project to expand its state-of-the-art healing environment. In 2012, the hospital received its third consecutive Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (Provo).
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, a member of Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, was founded in 1939 as Utah Valley Hospital with 55 beds and 38 physicians. Today, the hospital is a 221-bed Level II trauma center. Utah Valley recently received recognition from HealthGrades with a Patient Safety Excellence Award in 2012, an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2011 and a Maternity Care Excellence Award in 2011.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.). Vassar Brothers Medical Center is a 365-bed facility that has served New York's Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, the hospital has established centers of excellence in cardiac services, cancer care and women and children's health services. In 2012, HealthGrades recognized Vassar Brothers with a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and an Emergency Medicine Excellence Award.  

Venice (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. Venice Regional Medical Center is a 312-bed regional healthcare system. The hospital's reputation of compassionate healthcare dates back to 1951, when four Venice physicians and a local businessman worked to open the hospital's doors. One of the first minimally invasive da Vinci Single-Site robotic surgeries was conducted at Venice Regional. In 2012, Venice Regional received recognition for its excellence in joint replacement, gynecologic surgery and orthopedic surgery by HealthGrades.

Verde Valley Medical Center (Cottonwood, Ariz.).
Verde Valley Medical Center, a member of Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona Healthcare, has grown from a small outpatient clinic in 1939 to a full-service, 99-bed, non-profit hospital serving North Central Arizona. The hospital has a medical staff of nearly 100 physicians representing 25 medical specialties. In 2012, Verde Valley was recognized by HealthGrades for patient safety excellence and for being among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for gastrointestinal care and general surgery.

Waldo County General Hospital (Belfast, Maine). Waldo County Hospital has been serving the Belfast community for more than 110 years. The 25-bed hospital is a member of MaineHealth based in Portland, Maine. Earlier this year, the hospital received a $50,000 grant for a childhood obesity prevention program. Waldo County Hospital offers a variety of community benefit programs including MedAccess, a program that provides free medications to the uninsured and underinsured. According to the most recent data, the program provided approximately $2.2 million in free medications in 2009. In 2011, the hospital received a Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Waukesha (Wis.) Memorial Hospital. Waukesha Memorial Hospital was established in 1914 and has since grown into a 301-bed hospital with a medical staff of 668 physicians. A member of ProHealth Care system in Waukesha, the hospital recently received 39,321 emergency visits and performed 2,298 births and 405 open-heart surgeries in a year. In 2012, Waukesha received an Outstanding Patient Experience award from HealthGrades for the third consecutive year.

West Park Hospital (Cody, Wyo.). Located in northwest Wyoming, West Park Hospital is a 25-bed acute-care hospital that has adopted a Planetree philosophy as a model of healthcare. The Planetree model strives to enhance patient comfort by personalizing, humanizing and demystifying the healthcare experience. West Park Hospital received a Pulmonary Care Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011 and a Spine Surgery Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012 from HealthGrades.

Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. Winchester Medical Center is a 445-bed, non-profit, regional referral center offering a broad spectrum of services including diagnostic, medical, surgical and rehabilitative care. A Level II trauma center, Winchester Medical Center is a resource for 400,000 residents in a region known as the Top of Virginia, plus neighboring west Virginia and Maryland. The hospital employs more than 2,700 individuals and has a medical staff of more than 330 physicians, representing nearly every specialty. In 2012, Winchester Medical received a Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades.

Woodwinds Health (Woodbury, Minn.). Woodwinds Health, a collaboration between of HealthEast Care System in Saint Paul, Minn., and Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis, is an 86-bed hospital that opened in August 2000. Located on 30 acres of pristine wetlands, it is the only hospital in the southeast metro area. In 2012, Woodwinds was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. In 2012, the hospital also received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades.


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