Hospital Quality Awards & Ratings

Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes to help consumers understand, compare and evaluate hospital performance. This year Healthgrades introduced Specialty State Rankings in 8 different specialty areas. For a full list of Specialty State Rankings, see our 2022 State Ranking Award Recipients & Methodology

Hospital Quality Awards & Ratings
New 2022 Awards

Specialty State Ranking & Excellence Awards™

Healthgrades recognizes hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes for 8 specialty state rankings. These hospitals are recognized as top 3 or top 5 within their respective state. For a full list of state ranking recipients and methodology click here. We also recognize national excellence within 17 different specialty areas. These hospitals are recipients of Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards™.

America’s 50 & 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care™

Within the Specialty Excellence recipient lists, we further distinguish the nation’s top hospitals for specialty care. In 14 specialty areas, we highlight hospitals that stand out as America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care™. For Cardiac Surgery, Surgical Care and Vascular Surgery, we spotlight recipients among America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care™.

America’s Best Hospitals™

Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals™ consistently exhibit exceptional, comprehensive quality care. This premier distinction is based solely on clinical quality outcomes for 31 conditions and procedures. Simply put, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications—and have a lower chance of dying—at America’s Best Hospitals.

Patient Safety Excellence Award™

The Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events, including injuries, infections, and other serious conditions. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety.

Outstanding Patient Experience Award™

Healthgrades evaluates patient experience performance based on 10 patient experience measures, using data collected from surveys of the hospital’s own patients. Hospitals in the top 15% with the highest overall patient experience scores are recognized as Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ recipients.

Women’s Care™

Each year, Healthgrades analyzes the quality of care of women during and after childbirth, and for the most common gynecologic procedures at U.S. hospitals. Women who deliver or have gynecologic procedures at recognized hospitals have a lower risk of experiencing a complication during their hospital stay.

How We Measure Hospital Quality

Healthgrades evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes to help consumers understand, compare and evaluate hospital performance. We measure hospital performance for the most common in-hospital procedures and conditions and adjust for each patient’s risk factors, such as age, gender and medical condition. Our analysis is based on more than 45 million Medicare medical claims records and other select data for the most recent three-year time period available from nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide.