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Best hospitals in every state

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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