8 hospitals in Maryland with top nurse-patient communication scores

The following hospitals in Maryland received top marks on patients' HCAHPS surveys in the category of nurse communication.

At least 80 percent of patients at these eight hospitals responded on their surveys that nurses always communicated well. In Maryland, the average is 75 percent, lower than the national average of 80 percent.

The figures are from CMS' Hospital Compare website and represent HCHAPS scores collected from April 2015 through March 2016, the most recent data available.

Note: Hospitals with fewer than 100 completed surveys were excluded from consideration for this list.

1. Mercy Medical Center (Baltimore) — 82 percent

2. MedStar Saint Mary's Hospital (Leonardtown) — 82 percent

3. University of Maryland Harford Medical Center (Havre de Grace) — 81 percent

4. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore) — 81 percent

5. MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center (Baltimore) — 80 percent

6. Garrett County Memorial Hospital (Oakland) — 80 percent

7. Suburban Hospital (Bethesda) — 80 percent

8. Northwest Hospital Center (Randallstown) — 80 percent

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