U.S. News and World Report releases first ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.
ATLANTA, Ga. (March 30, 2011) – Piedmont Hospital has ranked first in the Atlanta area in the number of high-performing specialties offered, second in the Atlanta area for general care hospitals, and third overall in the U.S. News and World Report’s first ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings for Atlanta. A total of 11 specialties offered at Piedmont were listed as high-performing. Specialties listed included cancer care, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology.
Piedmont also received a patient satisfaction score indicating that 78 percent of patients rate Piedmont Hospital as “highest or very high” overall on a satisfaction survey created by the federal government, a full 13 percent above the state average. Eighty four percent of patients also said that they would recommend Piedmont to friends or family, a score that is 17 percent higher than the state average.
Piedmont “is among the best hospitals in the Atlanta area,” said U.S. News and World Report’s Avery Comarow in a March 29 article Our Methodology: How We Ranked the Best Hospitals in 52 Metro Areas. “Newly expanded U.S. News rankings of hospitals in the 52 most-populous metropolitan areas show that, in 11 specialties, Piedmont offers Atlantans high-quality care. In those specialties…its performance puts it above most other hospitals that are not nationally ranked.”
“Piedmont prides itself on providing diverse, high-quality services to our patients,” said Les Donahue, president and CEO of Piedmont Hospital. “We value both clinical excellence and patient satisfaction, and we’re proud to offer some of the most consistent, exemplary care in the southeast.”
The U.S. News and World Report has published the annual Best Hospitals list for more than 20 years, identifying the top hospitals in their field nationwide. However, this year the list was expanded to identify top hospitals among 52 metro areas. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The metro area rankings are designed to be relevant to a much wider range of consumers, and rank hospitals that offer exemplary care in both specialty areas and in overall health care services to their city, state, and region. The Best Hospitals metro area rankings are available online at usnews.com/hospitals.
The patient satisfaction scores are derived from a federal survey, conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and given by most hospitals to a sample of their recently discharged patients. The survey asks the patient to rate the treatment and care they received from doctors, nurses and other staff, the explanations and after-care instructions they were given upon discharge, and other factors related to their comfort and experience.