Best hospitals in every state

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August 14, 2020
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Best hospitals in every state

In February, NBC News revealed that nearly one in three Americans, or 33%, were worried about being able to afford their health care over the upcoming year. As the survey was completed right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, changing the employment status of millions as well as their access to health insurance, it’s logical to assume that this percentage has only gone up in the past few months.

While the United States offers some of the highest-quality health care in the world, it’s also supremely unaffordable for many of the country’s residents. This combination of facts leads many Americans to agonize about the places they can turn to for excellent-yet-wallet-friendly care when they need it.

An index released in July may have the answers Americans need. The Lown Institute Hospitals Index, unlike previous hospital rankings, includes a metric called “civic leadership” in its scoring system, which accounts for a hospital’s charity care, financial aid, staff pay, and other community-minded factors.

The other major components of the index are “patient outcomes,” meaning the hospital’s performance in tending to patients and giving them comfortable experiences, and “value of care,” meaning the hospital’s prioritization in taking care of patients’ wallets along with their bodies by avoiding unnecessary procedures. You can read more about the index’s methodology here.

Using this index, Stacker has determined the three best hospitals in every state. Whether you’re seeking care for COVID-19, a long-term illness, new conditions, or simply need to visit an emergency room, you can be sure that these hospitals offer high-quality and safe care without ignoring patients' financial realities. Whether a 23-bed rural hospital or an industry leader like Johns Hopkins Hospital, these medical centers consistently demonstrate why they’re the best in the country.

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Alabama

Best hospitals:

#1. Prattville Baptist Hospital (National rank: #224)
--- Location: Prattville, Alabama
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: C-

#2. Andalusia Health (National rank: #439)
--- Location: Andalusia, Alabama
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C-

#3. Russell Medical Center (National rank: #515)
--- Location: Alexander City, Alabama
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: B-

Russell Medical Center is the second-largest employer in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, with a $31,000,000 annual payroll. Its commitment to the community goes beyond its contributions to the local economy, dipping into education with childbirth classes and support groups, and providing continuous support and training for school nurses in the area.

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Alaska

Best hospitals:

#1. Providence Alaska Medical Center (National rank: #495)
--- Location: Anchorage, Alaska
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Mat-Su Regional Medical Center (National rank: #528)
--- Location: Palmer, Alaska
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: C+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A+

#3. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (National rank: #552)
--- Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A

Founded in the early 1900s by the Sisters of Providence, Providence Medical Center has always been focused on providing compassionate and respectful care to its patients. The hospital takes that mission seriously, even extending it to those who aren’t in need of medical attention. For example, it offers a job shadowing program, open to K-12 students, post-secondary students, and adults in search of a career change, which allows interested parties to trail doctors and nurses in various fields to get a better idea of what the day-to-day work entails.

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Arizona

Best hospitals:

#1. Banner-University Medical Center South Campus (National rank: #46)
--- Location: Tucson, Arizona
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Abrazo West Campus (National rank: #80)
--- Location: Goodyear, Arizona
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Abrazo Central Campus (National rank: #91)
--- Location: Phoenix
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: A+

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders, a national organization focused on improving care for senior citizens, has designated Banner-University Medical Center South Campus a “senior-friendly” hospital. Among other services, this hospital is known for its Alzheimer’s disease program as well as its success in treating age-related concerns like arthritis, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.

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Arkansas

Best hospitals:

#1. White County Medical Center (National rank: #383)
--- Location: Searcy, Arkansas
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Springs County (National rank: #413)
--- Location: Malvern, Arkansas
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A

#3. Baptist Health Medical Center Heber Springs (National rank: #821)
--- Location: Heber Springs, Arkansas
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: C-

A smaller hospital, Baptist Health Medical Center-Hot Springs County only has 72 beds, but its service is unparalleled in the area. The emergency department in particular stands out, as it’s designated as a Level IV trauma center, meaning its staff has demonstrated an ability to provide a high level of advanced trauma life support before transferring patients to a bigger, more well-equipped hospital.

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California

Best hospitals:

#1. Marshall Medical Center (National rank: #2)
--- Location: Placerville, California
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Oroville Hospital (National rank: #45)
--- Location: Oroville, California
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A+

#3. Desert Valley Hospital (National rank: #78)
--- Location: Victorville, California
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A

The second-best hospital in the country, Marshall Medical Center stands out for several reasons. First, its birth center has been designated a “baby-friendly” hospital by Unicef and the World Health Organization. Additionally, it is leading the charge in adopting new medical technology with programs like the DaVinci Robotic Assisted Surgery program, which offers minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgeries.

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Colorado

Best hospitals:

#1. University of Colorado Hospital Authority (National rank: #18)
--- Location: Aurora, Colorado
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: B+

#2. North Colorado Medical Center (National rank: #28)
--- Location: Greeley, Colorado
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A

#3. The Medical Center of Aurora (National rank: #34)
--- Location: Aurora, Colorado
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: A

The only academic hospital in the region, University of Colorado Hospital Authority prides itself on its commitment to providing new treatments and cutting-edge technologies for its patients. Nationally ranked in nine specialties, including cancer, diabetes, and cardiology, the medical center is one of the leading research institutions in the country.

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Connecticut

Best hospitals:

#1. William W Backus Hospital (National rank: #84)
--- Location: Norwich, Connecticut
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A

#2. St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center (National rank: #202)
--- Location: Hartford, Connecticut
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: C

#3. The Hospital of Central Connecticut (National rank: #221)
--- Location: New Britain, Connecticut
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A-

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a teaching hospital that works in conjunction with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. In 2018, the medical center was ranked in the top 5% of the country for quality care, with special distinctions for its treatment of pulmonary conditions. Additionally, it is recognized as one of the best hospitals in the region for stroke care and treatment.

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Delaware

Best hospitals:

#1. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (National rank: #131)
--- Location: Seaford, Delaware
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A

#2. Christiana Care Health Services (National rank: #187)
--- Location: Newark, Delaware
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: D+

#3. Beebe Medical Center (National rank: #598)
--- Location: Lewes, Delaware
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: C-

In 2020, for the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report dubbed Christiana Care Health Services one of the best hospitals in the country. In particular, its gynecology, urology, orthopedics, neurology and neurosurgery, and gastroenterology and GI surgery departments earn regular accolades for their high quality of care and diagnoses.

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Florida

Best hospitals:

#1. Palm Bay Hospital (National rank: #30)
--- Location: Palm Bay, Florida
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Raulerson Hospital (National rank: #71)
--- Location: Okeechobee, Florida
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A+

#3. Lehigh Regional Medical Center (National rank: #143)
--- Location: Lehigh Acres, Florida
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A+

Lehigh Regional Medical Center is a small hospital that only employs 350 people who care for patients in 88 beds. Though it may be small, it certainly provides an outstanding level of care. The hospital regularly wins awards for excellence in patient safety, and in 2019, was ranked among the top 10% of medical centers in the country for patient safety.

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Georgia

Best hospitals:

#1. Wellstar Douglas Hospital (National rank: #6)
--- Location: Douglasville, Georgia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Wellstar Paulding Hospital (National rank: #35)
--- Location: Hiram, Georgia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A

#3. Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center (National rank: #170)
--- Location: Athens, Georgia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: C

Another one of the safest hospitals in the country, Wellstar Douglas Hospital was one of 16 hospitals in the country to be granted an “A” ranking for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group. The hospital, which is a part of the largest health system in the state, consistently offers high quality and attentive care in all departments and through all procedures.

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Hawaii

Best hospitals:

#1. Adventist Health Castle (National rank: #25)
--- Location: Kailua, Hawaii
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Straub Clinic and Hospital (National rank: #62)
--- Location: Honolulu
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: D

#3. Wahiawa General Hospital (National rank: #269)
--- Location: Wahiawa, Hawaii
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: C+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A+

Adventist Health Castle is uniquely focused on preventive health care. From its vegetarian cafeteria to its Wellness and Lifestyle Medical Center—which focuses on promoting a healthy way of life through its community-oriented classes and seminars—the hospital works hard to prevent people from ever needing its services in the first place. It is also well known for its comprehensive approach to weight loss surgery in the Hawaii Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Idaho

Best hospitals:

#1. St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center (National rank: #14)
--- Location: Boise, Idaho
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C-

#2. St. Luke’s Magic Valley Rmc (National rank: #16)
--- Location: Twin Falls, Idaho
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: B-

#3. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Nampa (National rank: #462)
--- Location: Nampa, Idaho
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: A-

Founded in 1902, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center is the flagship hospital in the St. Luke’s health system. Known for its clinical excellence and friendly campus, the medical center earns accolades as a Magnet hospital, meaning it exemplifies the gold standard for nursing care.

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Illinois

Best hospitals:

#1. Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital (National rank: #37)
--- Location: McHenry, Illinois
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: D

#2. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia (National rank: #104)
--- Location: Centralia, Illinois
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Vista Medical Center East (National rank: #134)
--- Location: Waukegan, Illinois
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: A+

A regional destination for cancer and cardiovascular care, Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital specializes in cardiovascular interventions, surgical services, inpatient physical rehabilitation, and obstetrics. Accredited through the Commission on Cancer, the medical center is also home to the only open-heart surgery program in the entire county.

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Indiana

Best hospitals:

#1. Reid Health (National rank: #56)
--- Location: Richmond, Indiana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: B

#2. Columbus Regional Hospital (National rank: #95)
--- Location: Columbus, Indiana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: B

#3. Schneck Medical Center (National rank: #183)
--- Location: Seymour, Indiana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: B

In addition to providing exemplary health care, Schneck Medical Center is a leader in community wellness in the four counties it serves. The hospital offers a range of free educational classes, from prenatal and sibling classes to diabetes support groups and joint replacement seminars. It also offers free or reduced-fee bloodwork testing for low-income and uninsured patients.

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Iowa

Best hospitals:

#1. Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids (National rank: #19)
--- Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Trinity Regional Medical Center (National rank: #118)
--- Location: Fort Dodge, Iowa
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: B-

#3. University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics (National rank: #223)
--- Location: Iowa City, Iowa
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C+

Established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1900, Mercy Medical Center-Cedar Rapids was recognized in 2011 for its low readmission rates. For heart attack patients, heart failure patients, and pneumonia patients, the medical center was among the lowest in the country, the bottom 3%, for treating these patients a second time for the same condition. Its standardized care, collaborative approach to treatment, and follow-up visits are attributed as the reasons for this low percentage.

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Kansas

Best hospitals:

#1. University of Kansas Hospital (National rank: #105)
--- Location: Kansas City, Kansas
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C

#2. Providence Medical Center (National rank: #314)
--- Location: Kansas City, Kansas
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D-, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Shawnee Mission Medical Center (National rank: #465)
--- Location: Shawnee Mission, Kansas
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: D

The University of Kansas Hospital provides a number of different services for its community in Kansas City. Its ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; and neurology and neurosurgery departments rank among the top 50 of their type in the country. Those services have earned this ranking for the past decade, indicating that the hospital has been providing, and should continue to provide, quality care.

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Kentucky

Best hospitals:

#1. Hardin Memorial Hospital (National rank: #40)
--- Location: Elizabethtown, Kentucky
--- Grades: Overall: C+, Patient outcomes: C-, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Saint Joseph Mount Sterling (National rank: #54)
--- Location: Mount Sterling,Kentucky
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A+

#3. Whitesburg ARH Hospital (National rank: #272)
--- Location: Whitesburg, Kentucky
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A

With the only Level II neonatal intensive care unit in central Kentucky, Hardin Memorial Hospital is a popular hospital among expectant parents. The medical center is with these new families every step of the way, from conception to prenatal classes, through delivery to lactation classes. Expectant individuals in Kentucky can also take advantage of the hospital’s reasonably priced services.

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Louisiana

Best hospitals:

#1. Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge (National rank: #21)
--- Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B+

#2. Beauregard Memorial Hospital (National rank: #57)
--- Location: Deridder, Louisiana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A

#3. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (National rank: #277)
--- Location: Sulphur, Louisiana
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: B-

Another hospital that’s focused on early childhood patients is the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur, Louisiana. Among other things, the medical center is a safe haven for babies, meaning that individuals can surrender their infants under 60 days old with any hospital employee with no questions asked. It also offers free and low-cost immunizations for children whose parents couldn’t otherwise afford the life-saving vaccines.

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Maine

Best hospitals:

#1. York Hospital (National rank: #85)
--- Location: York, Maine
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: B

#2. Maine Medical Center (National rank: #483)
--- Location: Portland, Maine
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: D+

#3. Penobscot Bay Medical Center (National rank: #540)
--- Location: Rockport, Maine
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C+

Thanks to rising costs, medical care has become an expense that many American’s can’t afford, even when it’s vital for their health and quality of life. York Hospital is doing its part to change that, offering an average of $6 million in free medical care for low-income community members each year. In addition, its Help at Every Level Program seeks to make care much more affordable for those who earn too much to qualify for free health care but have high deductibles or no insurance.

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Maryland

Best hospitals:

#1. The Johns Hopkins Hospital (National rank: #61)
--- Location: Baltimore
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: B-

#2. Union Hospital of Cecil County (National rank: #110)
--- Location: Elkton, Maryland
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: A

#3. Doctors’ Community Hospital (National rank: #146)
--- Location: Lanham, Maryland
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: A

Considered the founding institution of modern American medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital was established in 1889. For the past 130 years, the medical center has been at the forefront of the industry in patient care, research, and education. Today, patients of all ages report feeling assured that they’re receiving some of the best health care the country has to offer.

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Massachusetts

Best hospitals:

#1. Health Alliance-Clinton Hospital (National rank: #8)
--- Location: Leominster, Massachusetts
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A

#2. Boston Medical Center Corporation (National rank: #11)
--- Location: Boston
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A+

#3. UMass Memorial Medical Center (National rank: #24)
--- Location: Worcester, Massachusetts
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C+

Boston Medical Center Corporation is committed to two things: offering outstanding health care services and reducing its environmental impact. Known as the “greenest hospital in the city,” it boasts a rooftop farm and its own heat and power plant installation. With a goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2020, BMCC consistently ranks among the most environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.

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Michigan

Best hospitals:

#1. Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital (National rank: #63)
--- Location: Cadillac, Michigan
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Spectrum Health United Hospital (National rank: #65)
--- Location: Greenville, Michigan
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B+

#3. Ascension St. John Hospital (National rank: #74)
--- Location: Detroit
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: B-

As the largest health care provider in rural Michigan, serving thousands of people who rely on Medicare and Medicaid, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital takes its position as an advocate for its patients seriously. Each year the hospital, determined to give the best possible care, champions several issues with local and federal authorities, in an effort to make health care more affordable, comprehensive, and accessible. Internally, it also works hard to make sure as many people as possible can take advantage of its services.

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Minnesota

Best hospitals:

#1. Fairview Lakes Medical Center (National rank: #67)
--- Location: Wyoming, Minnesota
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B

#2. Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea and Austin (National rank: #81)
--- Location: Albert Lea, Minnesota
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C

#3. Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato (National rank: #82)
--- Location: Mankato, Minnesota
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C

One grossly underserved demographic in the United States’ health care system is those in the LGBTQ+ community. In 2018, the Fairview Lakes Medical Center launched the Comprehensive Gender Care program, which seeks to serve this population, particularly transgender folks at all stages of transition and confirmation. It holds the distinction of being one of the only programs in the state, and country, of its type.

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Mississippi

Best hospitals:

#1. Garden Park Medical Center (National rank: #459)
--- Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A

#2. George Regional Health System (National rank: #532)
--- Location: Lucedale, Mississippi
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: C+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A

#3. Methodist Healthcare-Olive Branch Hospital (National rank: #594)
--- Location: Olive Branch, Mississippi
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A

Earlier this year, Newsweek named Garden Park Medical Center as the best maternity hospital in all of Mississippi. The hospital earned its distinction thanks to its adherence to crucial best-practice policies, as well as its low levels of C-sections and early elective deliveries. Ultimately, the medical center is focused on offering a highly personalized experience that’s safe for both mother and baby.

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Missouri

Best hospitals:

#1. Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph (National rank: #39)
--- Location: Saint Joseph, Missouri
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Parkland Health Center (National rank: #60)
--- Location: Farmington, Missouri
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Belton Regional Medical Center (National rank: #76)
--- Location: Belton, Missouri
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A

Belton Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive care to Jackson and Cass counties. Known for its exceptional ICU department, the hospital has experienced an increased volume of patients over the past 35 years as its reputation has spread. In 2020, it announced it would be breaking ground on a $15.5 million ICU expansion in order to continue to administer the same high level of service.

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Montana

Best hospitals:

#1. Kalispell Regional Medical Center (National rank: #59)
--- Location: Kalispell, Montana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Benefis Hospitals (National rank: #92)
--- Location: Great Falls, Montana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: B

#3. Billings Clinic Hospital (National rank: #167)
--- Location: Billings, Montana
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: D-

The staff at Billings Clinic Hospital is renowned for its excellent bedside manner and the high level of care it gives to every patient. Since 2006, the hospital’s nursing program has been recognized by the Magnet Organization for its quality. In 2014 the state’s first Internal Medicine Residency program was launched at the center, indicating BCH’s commitment to advancing medical care and education.

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Nebraska

Best hospitals:

#1. CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy (National rank: #290)
--- Location: Omaha, Nebraska
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Faith Regional Health Services (National rank: #895)
--- Location: Norfolk, Nebraska
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: D

#3. Boone County Health Center (National rank: #945)
--- Location: Albion, Nebraska
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: D+

One of the largest employers in the Norfolk region, Faith Regional Health Services has been offering community-based medical care since 1923. A Top 20 rural hospital, Faith Regional excels in the hospice and home health services, ensuring that patients are compassionately cared for up to their last breath.

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Nevada

Best hospitals:

#1. Carson Valley Medical Center (National rank: #260)
--- Location: Gardnerville, Nevada
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: B+

#2. Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (National rank: #289)
--- Location: Reno, Nevada
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: C

#3. North Vista Hospital (National rank: #477)
--- Location: North Las Vegas, Nevada
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: A+

An incredibly small hospital Carson Valley Medical Center only has 23 licensed beds on site. Still, CVMC is no backwater location. In fact, the hospital boasts some of the most advanced medical equipment available, like a 64-slice CT scanner and nuclear medicine capabilities, which allows it to provide outstanding care to members of its rural community.

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New Hampshire

Best hospitals:

#1. Concord Hospital (National rank: #87)
--- Location: Concord, New Hampshire
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (National rank: #327)
--- Location: Dover, New Hampshire
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: D+

#3. Catholic Medical Center (National rank: #460)
--- Location: Manchester, New Hampshire
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C

Concord Hospital specializes in five specific areas: cancer care, cardiac care, women’s care, urology care, and orthopedic care. The medical center is committed to ensuring that these services are available to all who need them, and in 2019, it demonstrated this commitment by investing $82.6 million into free or reduced-cost care for members of the community.

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New Jersey

Best hospitals:

#1. Carepoint Health-Hoboken University Medical Center (National rank: #55)
--- Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Clara Maass Medical Center (National rank: #128)
--- Location: Belleville, New Jersey
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D, Civic leadership: A

#3. Monmouth Medical Center (National rank: #160)
--- Location: Long Branch, New Jersey
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: B-

The first hospital in the country to be named after a nurse, the Clara Maass Medical Center prides itself on the high level of nursing care it offers to every patient who walks through its doors. In 2020, it was named among the top 5% of hospitals in the country for patient safety and care, and Leapfrog has awarded it 12 consecutive “A” ratings for safety. The hospital’s 2,100 employees continually demonstrate a commitment to their work that is unmatched by nearly any other medical center in the United States.

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New Mexico

Best hospitals:

#1. Lovelace Women’s Hospital (National rank: #50)
--- Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Plains Regional Medical Center (National rank: #83)
--- Location: Clovis, New Mexico
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A

#3. Presbyterian Espanola Hospital (National rank: #205)
--- Location: Espanola, New Mexico
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: C+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A+

The only hospital in New Mexico dedicated entirely to women’s health, Lovelace Women’s Hospital has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the best places to work for the past nine years running. Among other things, the hospital has a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a natural birthing center, and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine program for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Other services offered by the hospital include breast care, cardiology, and gastroenterology.

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New York

Best hospitals:

#1. Cortland Regional Medical Center (National rank: #66)
--- Location: Cortland, New York
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A

#2. Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (National rank: #159)
--- Location: Cooperstown, New York
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C-

#3. Nassau University Medical Center (National rank: #168)
--- Location: East Meadow, New York
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A+

The Cortland Regional Medical Center has been providing its community with dedicated health care for more than 125 years. Among the variety of services the hospital offers, its Wound Care Center and maternity care departments stand out, winning national awards on multiple occasions.

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North Carolina

Best hospitals:

#1. Atrium Health Lincoln (National rank: #49)
--- Location: Lincolnton, North Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: A

#2. Northern Hospital of Surry County (National rank: #101)
--- Location: Mount Airy, North Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B

#3. Angel Medical Center (National rank: #120)
--- Location: Franklin, North Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B

Hospitals often feel sterile and stressful, but when Atrium Health Lincoln opened in 2010, it went to great lengths to change that. It started by mapping out a 1.2-mile public walking trail that encircles the campus, meandering past ponds and natural wooded areas. It also collaborated with three local artists on a project titled “A Sense of Place,” which aimed to beautifully illustrate how the land the medical center is on transformed from a life-giving farm to a place of healing and hope.

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North Dakota

Best hospitals:

#1. Essentia Health Fargo (National rank: #995)
--- Location: Fargo, North Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: D+

#2. Sanford Medical Center Bismarck (National rank: #1095)
--- Location: Bismarck, North Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: B, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: D+

#3. West River Regional Medical Center (National rank: #1766)
--- Location: Hettinger, North Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: C+, Patient outcomes: C, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C-

Essentia Health Fargo’s main business is babies. With a modern birthing center, 10 newborn intensive care beds, and a Baby-friendly Designated Birthplace accreditation—which indicates that the hospital uses best practices to encourage breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding—there’s no better place in the state to welcome a new bundle of joy.

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Ohio

Best hospitals:

#1. Mercy Health-West Hospital (National rank: #5)
--- Location: Cincinnati
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: B

#2. Ohio State University Hospitals (National rank: #26)
--- Location: Columbus, Ohio
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: B+

#3. East Liverpool City Hospital (National rank: #27)
--- Location: East Liverpool, Ohio
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A+

Ohio State University Hospital stands apart from other hospitals in the region for a multitude of reasons. First among them is the fact that it is home to a Level I trauma center, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and the only comprehensive burn center in the region. Additionally, the teaching hospital claims a groundbreaking Center for Neuromodulation, which provides hope for those who suffer from specific neurological and psychiatric illnesses.

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Oklahoma

Best hospitals:

#1. Purcell Municipal Hospital (National rank: #291)
--- Location: Purcell, Oklahoma
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: C+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Great Plains Regional Medical Center (National rank: #560)
--- Location: Elk City, Oklahoma
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: C+

#3. Ascension St. John Owasso (National rank: #596)
--- Location: Owasso, Oklahoma
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: A-

Ascension St. John Owasso Hospital was recently granted a five-star rating, the highest possible rating, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The 10-year-old medical center boasts state-of-the-art surgical suites, patient rooms, and a spacious, modern Women’s Health Center. Quality matters to this hospital, which has earned a number of awards in areas like stroke care and its transplant program.

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Oregon

Best hospitals:

#1. Providence Portland Medical Center (National rank: #7)
--- Location: Portland, Oregon
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B

#2. Adventist Health Portland (National rank: #44)
--- Location: Portland, Oregon
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A

#3. Mercy Medical Center (National rank: #70)
--- Location: Roseburg, Oregon
--- Grades: Overall: D, Patient outcomes: D+, Value of care: D, Civic leadership: A

There’s no better place to turn to for care in the Portland, Oregon, area than Providence Portland Medical Center. The 483-bed hospital is in the midst of renewing its Magnet designation, which recognizes its excellence in nursing, for the fourth time. Additionally, the hospital was granted an Outstanding Patient Experience Award, which measures patient safety and quality care, among other things, by Healthgrades earlier this year.

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Pennsylvania

Best hospitals:

#1. UPMC Mckeesport (National rank: #3)
--- Location: McKeesport, Pennsylvania
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A

#2. Lancaster General Hospital (National rank: #13)
--- Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: D+

#3. St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus (National rank: #15)
--- Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C+

This year The Joint Commission recognized UPMC McKeesport Hospital as a Top Performer in key quality measures, like accuracy of medical care and a low number of adverse effects for patients. The Pennsylvania hospital earned special recognition in its surgical care, heart attack and heart failure, and pneumonia departments.

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Rhode Island

Best hospitals:

#1. The Miriam Hospital (National rank: #22)
--- Location: Providence, Rhode Island
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C

#2. Westerly Hospital (National rank: #296)
--- Location: Westerly, Rhode Island
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: D+

#3. Roger Williams Medical Center (National rank: #937)
--- Location: Providence, Rhode Island
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: B

The Miriam Hospital was founded by the Jewish community in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1926. A longtime teaching affiliate of Brown University’s medical school, the hospital is known around the world for its research efforts in HIV/AIDS, preventive medicine, and behavioral health. Their urology and men’s health departments also win several awards each year for their excellence.

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South Carolina

Best hospitals:

#1. Beaufort County Memorial Hospital (National rank: #90)
--- Location: Beaufort, South Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: D+, Civic leadership: B+

#2. Colleton Medical Center (National rank: #126)
--- Location: Walterboro, South Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A+

#3. Bon Secours-St. Francis Xavier Hospital (National rank: #227)
--- Location: Charleston, South Carolina
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A-

Cancer and cardiology are the most-awarded specialties at Beaufort County Memorial Hospital. The medical center, which is the largest of its type between Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, is a trailblazer in both departments, offering top-of-the-line care, treatments, and practices.

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South Dakota

Best hospitals:

#1. Regional Health Rapid City Hospital (National rank: #663)
--- Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center (National rank: #1082)
--- Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: B+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: D-

#3. Avera Queen of Peace (National rank: #1282)
--- Location: Mitchell, South Dakota
--- Grades: Overall: B, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: D+

The Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has long been recognized for its excellence in treating conditions like heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes, as well as for its outstanding emergency care and surgical care departments. Additionally, its addiction and recovery program at its new Avera on Louise campus is already being touted as one of the best in the state. The comprehensive and respectful inpatient and outpatient programs are designed to treat all variations of very real diseases that affect millions of Americans.

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Tennessee

Best hospitals:

#1. Fort Loudon Medical Center (National rank: #115)
--- Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Franklin Woods Community Hospital (National rank: #132)
--- Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C

#3. Roane Medical Center (National rank: #135)
--- Location: Harriman, Tennessee
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: C+, Civic leadership: A+

Expectant parents can trust Franklin Woods Community Hospital with new and yet-to-be-born babies, as the medical center is the only institution in the state to earn a Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission. Additionally, cancer patients, particularly those with colorectal cancer, seek out the hospital as it is one of five in the country that offers a life-saving, minimally invasive surgery.

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Texas

Best hospitals:

#1. JPS Health Network (National rank: #1)
--- Location: Fort Worth, Texas
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A+

#2. Seton Northwest Hospital (National rank: #4)
--- Location: Austin, Texas
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center (National rank: #9)
--- Location: Houston
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A-, Civic leadership: A

The JPS Health Network hospital owes its #1 ranking to the commitment and hard work of its staff. President and CEO Robert Early says, “The people who come to work at JPS every day don’t get up in the morning hoping to win awards or accolades. They come here because they’re dedicated to providing the best care they can to the people of Tarrant County, regardless of their social or economic status.” The staff’s outstanding attitude translates into excellent care for the hospital’s patients, and has earned the medical center the distinction of being one of the best places to work in Texas.

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Utah

Best hospitals:

#1. Mountain West Medical Center (National rank: #52)
--- Location: Tooele, Utah
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A

#2. University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (National rank: #108)
--- Location: Salt Lake City
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C+

#3. Ashley Regional Medical Center (National rank: #458)
--- Location: Vernal, Utah
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C+

The University of Utah Hospital is the fourth-best academic medical center in the country. For the past decade, the learning hospital has been recognized for the quality of care it provides, as well as its high survival rates for patients of all types. Its outpatient care program is also ranked fifth in the country.

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Vermont

Best hospitals:

#1. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (National rank: #136)
--- Location: Bennington, Vermont
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C

#2. Central Vermont Medical Center (National rank: #175)
--- Location: Barre, Vermont
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: B-

#3. Rutland Regional Medical Center (National rank: #815)
--- Location: Rutland, Vermont
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B-, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: B+

Locals in Vermont who find themselves in need of joint replacement surgery have lucked out with Rutland Regional Medical Center. The hospital has won dozens of awards for its hip and knee replacement surgeries in particular and has proven to deliver better health outcomes for these patients based on objective measurements.

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Virginia

Best hospitals:

#1. Norton Community Hospital (National rank: #12)
--- Location: Norton, Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B+

#2. Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital (National rank: #20)
--- Location: South Boston, Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A-

#3. Sentara Obici Hospital (National rank: #68)
--- Location: Suffolk, Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: C, Civic leadership: A-

Located in a rural and underserved area of Virginia, the Norton Community Hospital has been committed to training young physicians to thrive in similar circumstances since 1997, via its residency program. Providing quality health care in this type of setting is much different, and often much more creative, than providing it in a high-density, urban setting. Through the program, the hospital is attempting to meet an enormous need in the health care system of this country, and for that reason alone earns outstanding marks.

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Washington

Best hospitals:

#1. Providence Centralia Hospital (National rank: #29)
--- Location: Centralia, Washington
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: A-

#2. Virginia Mason Medical Center (National rank: #36)
--- Location: Seattle
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: D

#3. Tacoma General Allenmore Hospital (National rank: #99)
--- Location: Tacoma, Washington
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: B+

Healthgrades, a service that ranks various health care providers, dubbed the Virginia Mason Medical Center one of the top 50 hospitals in the country. It earned that distinction due to its safety, outstanding patient service, and leadership in LGBTQ+ health care. The hospital is among the best in the country for treating heart attacks and heart failure, pneumonia, sepsis, and bowel obstruction.

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West Virginia

Best hospitals:

#1. United Hospital Center (National rank: #93)
--- Location: Bridgeport, West Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B-, Civic leadership: B-

#2. Jefferson Medical Center (National rank: #220)
--- Location: Ranson, West Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: B, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: A

#3. West Virginia University Hospitals (National rank: #241)
--- Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: B, Civic leadership: B+

A fairly new hospital, the United Hospital Center, an affiliate of the West Virginia University Hospitals group, opened in 2010. It is particularly recognized for its ability to treat COPD and heart failure with low mortality and readmission rates.

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Wisconsin

Best hospitals:

#1. Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Milwaukee (National rank: #47)
--- Location: Milwaukee
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C

#2. University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics (National rank: #64)
--- Location: Madison, Wisconsin
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: A, Civic leadership: C+

#3. SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Janesville (National rank: #69)
--- Location: Janesville, Wisconsin
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C+

University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics was rated the best hospital in the state by U.S. News & World Report in the spring of 2020. Among other distinctions, the medical center earned top marks for a handful of common and life-saving procedures, including aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, and hip and knee replacements.

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Wyoming

Best hospitals:

#1. Sagewest Health Care (National rank: #139)
--- Location: Riverton, Wyoming
--- Grades: Overall: A+, Patient outcomes: A-, Value of care: A+, Civic leadership: C+

#2. Wyoming Medical Center (National rank: #490)
--- Location: Casper, Wyoming
--- Grades: Overall: A, Patient outcomes: A, Value of care: C-, Civic leadership: B

#3. Memorial Hospital Sweetwater County (National rank: #621)
--- Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
--- Grades: Overall: A-, Patient outcomes: B+, Value of care: B+, Civic leadership: C-

The only community hospital in Casper, Wyoming Medical Center has been serving the community for more than 100 years. In 2020, it was among a small group of hospitals awarded an “A” rating in safety by the Leapfrog group. Its cardiology department, in particular, has won a series of awards for its high performance and demonstrated ability to save lives.

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