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U.S. News & World Report Names Fletcher Allen a “Best Regional Hospital” for 3rd Consecutive Year

Fletcher Allen Health Care
Fletcher Allen Health Care (Photo by Raj Chawla, UVM Medical Photography)

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has designated Fletcher Allen a “Best Regional Hospital” after a thorough review of quality indicators and a national survey of specialists. The U.S. News rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Only 14 percent of the 5,000 hospitals analyzed earned Best Regional status.

As part of the Fletcher Allen Health Care ranking, four specialties were selected as “High Performing”- Orthopedics, Gynecology, Nephrology and Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT).

“We’re very proud U.S. News continues to recognize that Fletcher Allen provides high quality care as good as can be found almost anywhere else in the country,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Health Care. “Our repeated inclusion on the Best Regional Hospitals list also indicates we are achieving our goal to be a high reliability provider for the people of Vermont and northern New York.”

Examples of high reliability care in the High Performing specialties include:

  • Only one infection in 1,650 primary hip and knee replacements over the past two-and-a-half years.
  • Readmission rates for patients in Nephrology, Gynecology and ENT were significantly better than 2012 averages in a peer group of teaching hospitals.

“U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.  “These medical centers should be on your list when you need the best care.”

Multimedia Resources:

  • Video:  Brief reaction to the news from Stephen Leffler, MD, chief medical officer.
  • Blog: Dr. Leffler explains why Fletcher Allen is being recognized as a high quality provider.

Methodology for Best Regional Hospitals

U.S. News and World Report surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and analyzed nearly 5,000 hospitals to rank the best providers in 16 adult specialties. The rankings are published in collaboration with RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  For more information visit U.S. News 2013-14 Methodology.