65 Great Community Hospitals

Becker's Hospital Review has named 65 great community hospitals, presented in alphabetical order. Note: These hospitals include fewer than 550 patient beds and have minimal teaching programs. Hospitals appearing on America's 50 Best Hospitals are not featured on this list.  

American Fork (Utah) Hospital. American Fork Hospital was founded in 1937 and is located approximately 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. Nearly 75 years after its founding, the hospital is home to state-of-the-art medical technology, 89 licensed beds and a medical staff of approximately 180 physicians representing nearly 30 specialties. The non-profit hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals six times and was the only hospital in Utah to be named in 2011.

Augusta Health (Fishersville, Va.). Located in the Shenandoah Valley, Va., August Health is a 255-bed community hospital. Augusta is a 2010 Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award, both honors from HealthGrades. In 2011, the hospital was the only one in the state to be named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. In May, the hospital entered into an agreement with Duke Medicine to become a research affiliate of the Duke Cancer Institute, allowing Augusta cancer patients access to national clinical trials.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, Wis.).
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic, the largest physician-owned specialty clinic in northeast Wisconsin. With an average emergency department response time three times faster than the national average, the 167-bed Aurora Baycare was the first hospital in the country to be verified as an Emergency Center of Excellence by Emergency Excellence, a benchmarking organization. The hospital includes integrated physician offices, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and the NeuroCare Brain and Spine Center, among other services. It has been recognized by the Institute for Safe Medication practices for its accomplishments in patient safety and, specifically, its electronic prescription program.

Baptist Easley (S.C.) Hospital. Baptist Easley Hospital is a 109-bed facility that was founded in 1958. As a recipient of Press Ganey's Partner of Choice award, Baptist Easley was one of the first hospitals to achieve top 10th percentile in patient satisfaction, physician satisfaction and staff satisfaction. This year, the hospital's patient satisfaction and experience was recognized through HealthGrades' outstanding patient experience award. It has also received the Fire Starter award from The Studer Group numerous times, the highest honor the organization awards to hospitals.

Baptist Medical Center East (Montgomery, Ala.). Baptist Medical Center East is a 150-bed hospital offering an array of inpatient and outpatient services. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital campus also includes a sleep disorders center, endoscopy center and breast health center, which was recently designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. As a recipient of HealthGrades' Patient Safety Excellence Award, the hospital's patient safety scores are within the top 5 percent in the nation. Baptist Medical Center maintains its commitment to community health by hosting programs like "Scale Back Alabama Weigh-Outs," a 10-week competition for weight loss.

Bay Medical (Panama, Fla.). Bay Medical is a 323-bed hospital with more than 200 physicians on staff. For three years in a row, Bay Medical has been named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2011 by HealthGrades, which also honored it with the Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and Emergency Medicine Excellence Awards. The hospital recently opened its $70 million expansion project: a five-story patient care tower with 144 private rooms furnished with five-star amenities.

Beverly (Mass.) Hospital. Beverly Hospital is a 221-bed facility with a staff of more than 500 physicians. The hospital was one of two community hospitals in the state to be named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals in 2011. It has also received achievement awards from the American Heart Association for its high standards of stroke care.

Bon Secours – St. Francis Hospital (Greenville, S.C).
Referred to as St. Francis Downtown, this 254-bed hospital is located in the northwestern region of South Carolina and offers patients a complete range of comprehensive surgical and diagnostic services. St. Francis has received HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award multiple times. The hospital, part of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, has also led the way in numerous clinical innovations. It was the first hospital in the region to introduce digital mammography and the first facility in the county to perform robotic surgery.

Cape Cod Hospital (Hyannis, Mass.). Cape Cod Hospital is a 259-bed facility with more than 300 physicians on staff. The hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals five times and, in 2010, it ranked first in the state for overall hospital care by CareChex rating service. Cape Cod Hospital's emergency department is one of the busiest in New England, serving more than 84,000 patients each year. The hospital offers extensive cardiovascular services, including interventional cardiology suites for emergency and elective procedures.

Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast (Concord, N.C.). Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast is a 457-bed hospital located approximately 25 miles northeast of Charlotte. The hospital became part of Carolinas HealthCare System in 2007 but dates back to 1937. It has received awards from HealthGrades for patient safety excellence and outstanding patient experience. It has also been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and has received recognition for its cardiovascular service line.

Chandler (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center. Chandler Regional Medical Center is a 225-bed non-profit community hospital located approximately 25 miles outside of Phoenix. The hospital was founded in 1956 and merged with Catholic Healthcare West in 1999. The hospital is consistently the number one choice for patients among medium-sized hospitals, according to area opinion polls. It has been recognized by Project Greenhealth for environmental achievements. It has also received numerous awards from HealthGrades, which has named it a distinguished hospital for clinical excellence.

Chelsea (Mich.) Community Hospital. Established in 1970, Chelsea Community Hospital is a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and is located approximately 20 miles east of Ann Arbor. With more than 300 physicians, Chelsea Community Hospital's emergency department has been ranked among the top 1 percent of hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction, according to Press Ganey, and it has received the Beacon Award for critical care excellence. A non-profit hospital, Chelsea Community Hospital reinvests its profits back into the community through programs to serve the poor and uninsured, manage chronic conditions like diabetes, health education and outreach for the elderly.

Dixie Regional Medical Center (Saint George, Utah). Dixie Regional Medical Center, part of Intermountain Healthcare System, is a 245-bed hospital and major medical referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, and Healthcare Management Council has named it a top performer in the nation for high-quality care at a low cost. In March, the non-profit hospital launched its Mammogram 500 program, in which 500 mammograms were fully-funded for women age 40 and older who were uninsured or unable to afford the imaging services.

Downtown Naples (Fla.) Hospital Campus. The Downtown Naples Hospital Campus is a 420-bed hospital with more than 500 physicians. The hospital has been awarded for excellent women's healthcare services by HealthGrades, along with cardiac care excellence. Downtown Naples' Shick Heart Center has been ranked among the top 5 percent of cardiac programs in the nation and has a mortality rate less than half of the national average. Collier County's first open heart surgery program opened at this hospital in 1996.

DuPont Hospital (Fort Wayne, Ind.). Physician involvement is a distinguishing characteristic of this hospital, which is a joint venture between Lutheran Health Network and more than 260 area physicians. Built in 2001, DuPont is the only hospital in Fort Wayne designed by physicians. The hospital's patient satisfaction scores rank in the 99th percentile, aided by its 5-Star Service philosophy of care, which offers patients 24-hour room service, private rooms, personal climate controls and various other amenities.

Edward Hospital (Naperville, Ill.). This 309-bed hospital was the first in the state to offer all private rooms to patients. Founded in 1991, it includes a medical staff of 1,000 physicians, representing approximately 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties. The hospital's emergency department saw a 99th percentile patient satisfaction score in 2010, with outpatient services ranking close behind. The hospital recently entered into a joint venture with Illinois' DuPage Medical Group to improve the quality, access and efficiency of healthcare in the region. Edward is a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and a top 50 hospital for cardiovascular excellence by Thomson Reuters.

The Finley Hospital (Dubuque, Iowa). With 126 beds, The Finley Hospital serves patients in Dubuque as well as surrounding counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. The hospital, which is part of Iowa Health System, was founded in 1890 with 40 beds. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and recognized its performance improvements with the Everest Award. This year, The Finley Hospital was also honored as a Partner for Change by Practice Greenhealth, a national organization for healthcare facilities committed to environmental responsibility.

Flaget Memorial Hospital (Bardstown, Ky.). Flaget Memorial opened in 1951 under the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Now part of St. Joseph Health System under Catholic Health Initiatives, Flaget is a cornerstone of healthcare in Nelson County and constantly works to expand healthcare services offered to local residents. It installed the county's first built-in MRI and opened the county's first sleep disorders center in 2002 and 2003, respectively. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals five times.

Fort Madison (Iowa) Community Hospital. In June, the hospital will open its outpatient rehabilitation services center to the public. The hospital is extremely involved in the local community, lending onsite, full-time athletic trainers to area high schools and spearheading the "Live Healthy Lee County" program to encourage healthy lifestyles for community residents. The hospital has received recognition from Press Ganey for providing efficiency, affordability, quality and satisfaction and its nurses have been individually recognized for excellence. The hospital's forward-thinking physicians have contributed clinical findings to medical journals, such as a clinical study on jaundice printed in the Journal of Perinatology.

Franciscan St. Francis Health — Indianapolis. Franciscan St. Francis Health — Indianapolis opened in 1995 and is the newest general hospital in the city. The 195-bed hospital not only includes a 24-hour emergency room, but also its Center of Hope, which offers 24- hour services for sexual assault victims, treating them in a compassionate and non-traumatic manner. The hospital's heart center has earned recognition from the American Heart Association for reaching an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with a 95 percent compliance rate to the core standard level of care. St. Francis has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and has received HealthGrades awards for patient safety and outstanding patient experience.

Gaston Memorial Hospital (Gastonia, N.C.). Established in 1946, Gaston Memorial Hospital is a 435-bed facility and the anchor of CaroMont Health. Gaston Memorial has received a variety of awards and recognition in the industry, including awards from HealthGrades for clinical excellence, recognition as one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, a "Best Hospital" ranking by U.S. News & World Report and Magnet status for nursing excellence. The hospital has a medical staff of 455 and is affiliated with Columbia HeartSource of New York through a clinical partnership.

Holland (Mich.) Hospital. The first patient was treated at Holland Hospital in 1917 when it featured three rooms and one operating room. Now, the 209-bed facility includes a medical staff of more than 320 physicians in more than 34 medical specialties. Holland Hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, one of the state's "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" and a distinguished hospital for clinical excellence by HealthGrades. It has been designated a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. Survey results have reflected overwhelming patient satisfaction at Holland Hospital, with 99 percent of patients saying they would recommend the hospital to friends or family members.

Howard County General Hospital (Columbia, Md.). Howard County General Hospital was founded in 1973 as a 59-bed short-stay facility for members of a specific health plan. Nearly 40 years later, Howard County General is now an independent, non-profit hospital with 238 beds and a strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine. The hospital includes more than 800 physicians and allied health professionals and has received top recognition from HealthGrades for clinical excellence, particularly in pulmonary and critical care.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). Founded in 1889, Hudson Valley is a 128-bed non-profit hospital with 350 physicians on staff. Hudson Valley was the recipient of the Fire Starter Award from the Studer Group in 2008 and was the first hospital in New York to do so. It was one of first hospitals in its region to receive Magnet status for nursing excellence. Hudson Valley has adopted innovative measures to enhance the patient experience, such as its 24-hour "no-wait" emergency department, where patients are registered at their bedside.

Jackson Purchase Medical Center (Mayfield, Ky.). With its 85-member medical staff, Jackson Purchase Medical Center is the sole provider of acute care in Kentucky's Graves County in the eastern part of the state. Approximately 380 babies are delivered each year in the hospital's bed and breakfast-style birthing center. In 2010, the hospital became a smoke-free campus, added a new nuclear heart imaging system and received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international organization. Built in 1993, the hospital's design aids in patient traffic flow and improves coordination of services while adapting to medical technologies.

John Muir Medical Center (Walnut Creek, Calif.). John Muir Medical Center is a 324-bed hospital located approximately 15 miles east of Berkeley, Calif. The hospital, which first opened in 1965, is designated as the only trauma center for Contra Costa County. U.S. News & World Report has ranked John Muir Medical Center as one of the nation's top hospitals numerous times. The hospital has also received Magnet status for nursing excellence. John Muir Medical Center was also one of 34 hospitals in the country to receive the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines awards in 2010 for treatment of patients with coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

King's Daughter Medical Center (Ashland, Ky.). Established in 1899, King's Daughter Medical Center is a 465-bed hospital offering comprehensive cardiac, surgical and pediatric services among other clinical programs. King's Daughter Medical Center has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals five years in a row and recognized as one of the best places to work in Kentucky by the state chamber of commerce. King's Daughter Medical Center offers a hospitality house, located one block away from the facility, as a "home away from home" for patients' families living outside a 30-mile radius from the hospital.

Lancaster (Pa.) General Hospital. Lancaster General Hospital is a 538-bed facility located approximately 75 miles west of Philadelphia. For 10 of the past 13 years, Lancaster General has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. It has also received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country. HealthGrades has awarded the hospital for patient safety, clinical excellence and as one of the nation's top 50 hospitals as well. Lancaster General is Magnet accredited for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lynchburg (Va.) General Hospital. A 358-bed facility, Lynchburg General Hospital is Magnet-accredited for nursing excellence and one of the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals, as named by Thomson Reuters. The hospital has been recognized by several agencies for its culture of safety: Forbes has named Lynchburg General one of the safest hospitals in America and HealthGrades awarded it with its Patient Safety Excellence Award 2011. Lynchburg General is the region's only certified national primary stroke center and national accredited program for breast center.

Major Hospital (Shelbyville, Ind.). Located approximately 30 miles southeast of Indianapolis, 62-bed Major Hospital has been serving the Shelbyville community since 1924. Considered one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the Midwest, Major has been named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Press Ganey and has received recognition from the organization for outstanding patient satisfaction scores. Last fall, Major collaborated with St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis to open the $1.5 million Unavie Cardiology Center in Shelbyville, a one-stop facility for non-invasive cardiology and pulmonary treatment.

Martin Memorial Medical Center (Stuart, Fla.). Founded in 1939 by three physicians, Martin Memorial Medical Center is a 244-bed facility located on the eastern coast of Florida. It is a non-profit, community-based hospital with approximately 375 affiliated physicians. It has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country and one of the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals by Thomson Reuters. The hospital has earned numerous awards from HealthGrades, including recognition as one of America's 50 Best Hospitals and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia, Ga.). Located in central Georgia, Meadows Regional Medical Center was established in 1963. It recently opened its new 70-bed facility with all private rooms and an advanced IT infrastructure. The hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals several times and has also received HealthGrades' Outstanding Patient Experience Award 2011.

Memorial Hermann Katy (Texas) Hospital. Approximately 25 miles west of Houston, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is a 127-bed non-profit and part of the 11-hospital Memorial Hermann System. The hospital provides a wide range of services and specialties, including cancer care, advanced diagnostic imaging, sports medicine and rehabilitation, heart and vascular services, surgical services, imaging and an emergency center, among others. Memorial Hermann Katy's Chest Pain Center is fully accredited to provide treatment for heart attack patients, and its breast care center was recently renovated last November to offer more space and amenities for an improved patient experience.

Memorial Hospital West (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). Located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, 304-bed Memorial Hospital West opened in 1992. The hospital features advanced cardiac, oncology and neurology programs and includes one of the busiest emergency departments in the county, as well as a separate family-focused emergency department for pediatric patients. The hospital's level II neonatal intensive care unit opened in 1996 and offers a nurturing environment for newborns requiring special care. Memorial Hospital West includes an outpatient service pavilion and offers the advanced CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System as a noninvasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of tumors anywhere in the body.

Memorial Regional Medical Center (Mechanicsville, Va.). Memorial Regional Medical Center is a 200-bed hospital located approximately 10 miles outside of Richmond, Va. The hospital has received Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence and is ranked among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the country for cardiac surgery and care. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and was also a recipient of Reuters' Everest Award. HealthGrades has recognized Memorial Regional's outstanding clinical performance through numerous awards, including coronary intervention excellence, stroke care excellence and critical care excellence.

Mercy Hospital Clermont (Batavia, Ohio). Mercy Hospital Clermont has been serving Clermont County since 1973. Part of the five-hospital Mercy Health Partners system, Mercy Clermont offers an extensive array of surgery, imaging, outpatient services and emergency care. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. Mercy Hospital Clermont has also been awarded for its high level of patient safety, as it rates in the top 5 percent of hospitals for that criterion. The hospital also has strong ties to its local community. This spring, the hospital announced plans to offer free skin cancer and colon cancer screenings.  

Methodist Medical Center (Peoria, Ill.). Methodist Medical Center is a 329-bed hospital first founded in 1900. It has received numerous awards from HealthGrades for patient safety and experience and was the first hospital in central Illinois to receive Magnet accreditation for excellence in nursing. The hospital was a top performer, delivering high-quality, evidence-based care at a low cost, in Premier's 2010 nationwide performance improvement collaborative.

Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, Conn.). The 147-bed Middlesex Hospital is one of 28 hospitals, or less than 1 percent of all hospitals in the country, to have achieved Magnet accreditation for nursing excellence three times in a row. It has also been named to Thomson Reuter's Top 100 Hospitals four times and was the only hospital in Connecticut to do so two years in a row. The hospital has also earned HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and Emergency Medicine Excellence in 2011.

Minden (La.) Medical Center. Dating back to 1926, Minden Medical Center is a 161-bed hospital located in northwest Louisiana. Minden has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital has also been designated as a Community Value 100 and Community Value Five-Star Provider by the healthcare consulting firm Cleverley and Associates, indicating the hospital reinvests in their community and provides high quality care at reasonable costs.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital (Newton, Mass.). A member of Partners HealthCare, Newton Wellesley is a 289-bed hospital located in Boston's suburbs. The hospital, which dates back to 1885, has been named as one of Solucient's Top 100 Hospitals for five years and designated as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades. Newton-Wellesley has also been named a top place to work by the Boston Globe and 24 of the hospital's physicians were named "Top Doctors" by Boston Magazine.

Paoli (Pa.) Hospital. A 157-bed facility, Paoli Hospital is approximately 25 miles outside of Philadelphia. It is Magnet accredited and its cancer center is one of only 50 research programs in the country designated as a Community Clinical Oncology Program by the National Cancer Institute. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and was also one of 21 hospitals to earn the Premier Award for Quality Patient Care, indicating clinical excellence and operational efficiency.

Parkview Huntington (Ind.) Hospital. This 36-bed hospital may be small in size, but it offers a range of services to the communities in Huntington County. Parkview Huntington has more than 190 physicians on its medical staff, but the hospital campus also includes the Physicians Specialty Clinic of Parkview Huntington, which is comprised of various specialists from nearby communities who see patients on a regular basis. The hospital, which was founded in 1902, has also set aside 10 percent of its net income to fund community health initiatives. Its vaccination initiative pneumonia — or VIP — program increased the rate of pneumonia vaccines by 18 percent for adults age 65 and older in Huntington County.

Parma (Ohio) Community General Hospital. Parma Community General is a 332-bed, independent community hospital located in Ohio's largest suburb. Founded in 1961, the hospital now includes a medical staff of more than 500 physicians. The hospital is highly involved in its local community, offering medical care for women and infants in the community without coverage and providing health educational programs for the youth population. Parma Community General has received HealthGrades' 2011 Patient Safety Excellence Award and has been named one of the nation's top hospitals for cardiovascular excellence by Thomson Reuters.

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Penrose-St. Francis is a 522-bed hospital and the only hospital in Colorado to be named one of America's top 50 hospitals by HealthGrades. It has also been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and was one of 23 hospitals to earn the Premier Award for Quality in 2009. U.S. News & World Report has named Penrose-St. Francis as one of America's Best Hospitals three times, and several of the hospital's programs have been named "distinction centers" by payors including Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital (Fayetteville, Ga.). This 157-bed hospital, located approximately 25 miles south of Atlanta, opened in 1997 and includes advanced diagnostic imaging, comprehensive emergency care and a wide range of medical services. The hospital features an accredited comprehensive cancer program and, in 2010, Piedmont Fayette began offering interventional cardiology services so patients could receive minimally invasive procedures without leaving the county. HealthGrades' has recognized Piedmont Fayette Hospital with its Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and its Emergency Medical Excellence Award.

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Riverside Medical Center is a 336-bed hospital that opened in opened in 1964. Located approximately 60 miles outside of Chicago, Riverside Medical Center has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals several times and has received numerous five-star ratings from HealthGrades for its specialties and services. In 2011, HealthGrades ranked the hospital first in the state for spine surgery.

Robinson Memorial Hospital (Ravenna, Ohio). Robinson Memorial is a 280-bed, county-owned hospital approximately 40 miles outside of Cleveland. The hospital, which was founded in 1894, is a Magnet facility, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence. Robinson Memorial received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award in 2009 and several of the hospital's physicians have been named to Cleveland Magazine's list of the Best Doctors in America.

Russell Medical Center (Alexander City, Ala.). Russell Medical Center, located approximately 70 miles southeast of Birmingham, first opened in 1923 to offer health services to the employees of Russell Manufacturing Company and Alexander City. The 81-bed hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and was one of six hospitals nationwide to receive Reuters' Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have achieved high performance and long-term improvement over the past five years.

Rutherford (N.C.) Regional Medical Center. Rutherford is a 143-bed, non-profit hospital and part of Rutherford Regional Health System. The hospital, which was founded in 1906, has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital includes more than 120 physicians and is consistently expanding its services. In 2010, Rutherford doubled the size of its orthopedic facility and added all new digital X-ray equipment.

Sacred Heart Hospital (Eau Claire, Wis.). Sacred Heart is a 344-bed hospital that provides an extensive array of services to residents of western Wisconsin. The hospital was founded in 1889 by two Hospital Sisters of Saint Francis. According to Press Ganey, Sacred Heart consistently ranks within the top 1 percent in the nation for inpatient satisfaction. The hospital has earned the American Stroke Association's Gold Performance Achievement award for high standards of stroke care. It is considered a leader in environmental healthcare, earning the several awards from organizations that advocate environmentally sustainable healthcare.

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills and San Clemente, Calif.). Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, a 325-bed hospital with locations in Laguna Hills and San Clemente, is owned and operated by MemorialCare Health System and has been serving the needs of South Orange County residents for more than 30 years. Saddleback has earned the Gallup Great Workplace Award, was named a Top 100 Hospital by Thomson Reuters and recognized for excellence in emergency medicine and clinical excellence by HealthGrades. The hospital offers advanced imaging services, such as PET/CT scanners, and its heart and vascular institute was instrumental in pioneering beating heart surgery.

Saint Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center (Missoula, Mont.). St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center is a 124-bed facility serving a 17-county area. The non-profit hospital first opened in 1873 under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Providence. Saint Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center has received the Premier Award for Quality, been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and earned the Environmental Leadership Circle Award from Practice GreenHealth for its focus on sustainable healthcare. It has received gold-level recognition from the American Heart Association for stroke care and, in April, the hospital was the first in the national to successfully implant a valve clip on a 76-year-old patient's transplanted heart.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Shea Medical Center. Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center is a 433-bed hospital that was first founded in 1962. In February, the hospital was the first in the Southwest region to implant an MRI-safe pacemaker. It has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and one of U.S. News & World Report's top 50 community hospitals. Along with awards for clinical quality, the hospital has been recognized for its work to promote air quality and as an outstanding workplace.

Skyline Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). Overlooking Nashville, Skyline Medical Center is a 222-bed hospital nationally known for its neuroscience services. The hospital opened in 2000 and features an ultra-modern facility with all private patient rooms. Skyline was the state's first hospital to earn national certification as a primary stroke center. In 2010, Skyline's Sarah Cannon Cancer program was awarded and accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for excellence. It has also received national accreditation from the Society for Chest Pain Physicians and Providers for its emergency department chest pain center. Skyline has approximately 370 physicians and is consistently welcoming more to the medical staff.

St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center (Youngstown, Ohio). Located near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center is a 129-bed community hospital that opened in 2007 under Humility of Mary Health Partners, which is a member of Catholic Health Partners. St. Elizabeth Boardman has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital has received Healthgrades' Emergency Medicine Excellence Award and Outstanding Patient Experience Award. It was designed with abundant natural light, private patient rooms with bathrooms and a range of amenities, such as concierge services and wireless Internet.  

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (Red Bluff, Calif.). St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, a member of Catholic Healthcare West, is located approximately 130 miles north of Sacramento, Calif., and recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. This 76-bed hospital, which includes a team of more than 100 primary care physicians, has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital has remained true to its charitable roots, as it was founded by the Irish Sisters of Mercy. In 2010, the hospital launched a mammogram program for women in Tehama County who do not have health insurance and were unable to afford the costs of mammograms.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). St. Elizabeth Edgewood is located in northern Kentucky, approximately 10 miles south of Cincinnati. It is one of a handful of hospitals in the country to be named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals while also holding Magnet status for excellence in nursing. The hospital is part of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, which was founded in 1861 and remains one of the oldest and most respected providers in the region. In 2010, the hospital completed the first phase of its new neonatal intensive care unit, a major renovation with 19 private NICU beds.

St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center (Lincoln, Neb.). St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center is a 257-bed facility that was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1889. Now affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Elizabeth Regional has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and has achieved Magnet status for nursing excellence. With more than 475 affiliated physicians, St. Elizabeth Regional's emergency department is one of the fastest in the nation for heart attack response.

St. Luke's Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). St. Luke's Hospital is a 540-bed facility under the Iowa Health System. The hospital is Magnet-accredited and a three-time winner of Thomson Reuter's 100 Top Hospitals award. St. Luke's was one of six hospitals in the country to receive Press Ganey's Success Story Award in 2007, an honor recognizing the hospital's leadership, patient satisfaction and clinical performance, among other criteria. HealthGrades has recognized St. Luke's by naming it one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2011 along with awards for clinical excellence, patient safety and emergency medicine excellence.  

St. Vincent Carmel (Ind.). St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, a member of Ascension Health, has been serving the community of Hamilton County since 1985. St. Vincent Carmel offers advanced treatment for breast cancer and was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program — joining only 11 other organizations in the country. St. Vincent Carmel has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and it has also seen acclaim for its emergency department, joint replacement program and bariatric weight loss program.

Stonecrest Medical Center (Smyrna, Tenn.). Stonecrest Medical Center is a 101-bed facility with more than 300 physicians on staff. Part of TriStar Health System, Stonecrest Medical Center opened in 2003 and has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital's patient satisfaction scores rank among the top 10 percent in the nation and the highest in Tennessee's Rutherford County. The Hospital Value Index has recognized Stonecrest as a Best in Value Hospital. The hospital is consistently working to improve its care delivery. In 2010, the hospital saved a man's life by administering record-breaking heart attack care with 58 minute "door-to-balloon" time for a balloon angioplasty.

Thibodaux (La.) Regional Medical Center. Thibodaux Regional Medical Center opened in 1975 and has grown to a 185-bed facility with more than 225 physicians. Press Ganey has recognized Thibodaux Regional numerous times for reaching and maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction. It has also received recognition from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for outstanding achievements and the Louisiana Hospital Quality Award for improving quality of care in heart attack, heart failure and surgical care. In February, the hospital announced plans to construct an $18 million health and wellness center — the first of its kind in the Bayou Region.

Venice (Fla.) Regional Medical Center. Approximately 75 miles south of Tampa, Fla., Venice Regional Medical requires on-staff physicians to be either board-certified or eligible for board certification. Four Venice physicians and a local entrepreneur opened the hospital in 1951. Sixty years later, the 312-bed hospital has received recognition for its state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive service lines. Venice Regional has introduced the da Vinci Si Surgical System in its operating rooms, the hospital's comprehensive cardiac program was the first in the region to acquire groundbreaking cardiovascular imaging equipment and its orthopedics and neurosurgery department also offers MAKOplasty system for partial knee resurfacing.

Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury, Minn.).
Woodwinds Health Campus opened its doors in 2000 and remains the only hospital in the southeast metro area of Woodbury. The 86-bed hospital is partnered with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, widening its scope of care to primary and specialty services for children and adults. In the past, Woodwinds has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals and has received acclaim as one of the most beautiful hospitals in the country. The Woodwinds campus has been expanded with the recent opening of its HealthEast Cancer Care Clinic, which offers chemotherapy, genetic counseling and oncology services.

Wooster (Ohio) Community Hospital. Nearly 35 miles outside of Akron, Ohio, Wooster Community Hospital has been serving the community for more than 50 years. The 150-bed hospital has a medical staff of more than 100 physicians and offers a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services, such as a wound healing center, cancer program and women's health services. Wooster Community Hospital has been named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals three times. The hospital's $2.2 million dollar expansion project — including a new physician space, renovated patient tower and an expanded health and wellness center — is expected to be completed within the next few months.



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