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Sacred Heart, Holy Family named 'Best Regional Hospitals'

February 06, 2011

U.S. News & World Report names Providence Sacred Heart and Holy Family among the 247 best high-performing hospitals outside major metropolitan areas

Spokane, WA—Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital are among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals. U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July.

Specifically, Sacred Heart was recognized as a high-performing hospital in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology care. Holy Family is considered high-performing in gastroenterology, geriatrics, pulmonology and urology care.

“We’re confident of the great care we provide to patients, but it is always good for this quality to be recognized by outside agencies such as U.S. News & World Report,” says Elaine Couture, chief executive of Sacred Heart and Holy Family.

Hospitals like Sacred Heart and Holy Family offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options, says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” says Comarow. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”

U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind its analysis in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Physicians’ responses to a national survey, in which specialists are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also are factored in. The list of hospitals recognized is available online at www.usnews.com/bestregionalhospitals.