Reston, Virginia – July 17, 2012–U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.
Reston Hospital Center is ranked seventh, up from eighth last year, out of the 59 hospitals in the Washington DC metropolitan area consisting of Alexandria and Arlington, County, Virginia, and Bethesda and Rockville, Maryland. In addition, Reston Hospital Center was ranked tenth in the state out of the approximately 125 hospitals. Reston Hospital Center also added another high performing specialty to their rankings this year with the addition of Pulmonoly. The seven high performing specialties are Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.