Healthgrades: Lancaster General Hospital among best in country

Cris Collingwood//February 7, 2023

Healthgrades: Lancaster General Hospital among best in country

Cris Collingwood//February 7, 2023

Lancaster General Hospital. Submitted photo.

Lancaster General Hospital was named one of the country’s top 50 hospitals by Healthgrades, ranking it in the top one percent. 

Four other local hospitals made Healthgrades Top 100 and Top 250 list. 

Healthgrades recognizes national leaders in overall clinical excellence annually as a guide for people to find a doctor or hospital. 

LGH, which has made the list for three consecutive years, also earned a top 50 rating for cardiac surgery and a top 100 rating for cardiac care, gastrointestinal surgery and stroke care. 

“Using proprietary data, Healthgrades simplifies the research process and empowers consumers to choose experienced doctors who practice at high-quality hospitals” Healthgrades said in a statement. 

 To determine the top 250 U.S. hospitals, Healthgrades evaluated clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals across more than 31 of the most common procedures and conditions. In tandem with the national recognition, Healthgrades measured the hospitals across 18 key specialty areas to identify the highest-ranking hospitals in 32 eligible states. 

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, UPMC Harrisburg Hospital and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center were named to the Top 100 Hospitals list, which places them in the top two percent; and WellSpan York made the Top 250 Hospitals list, placing it in the top five percent. 

“Healthgrades makes it easy for consumers to choose a doctor based on the three factors that matter most: compatibility, relevant experience, and the quality of the hospital where you’ll be treated,” said Burt Kann, executive vice president and head of product at Healthgrades. “With these awards, we are helping consumers identify the highest quality care in their community by celebrating the hospitals that consistently deliver better-than-expected clinical outcomes.” 

WellSpan Chambersburg was also recognized in the Top 100 for coronary intervention and critical care. 

UMPC Harrisburg earned the Top 100 rating for cardiac care, gastrointestinal care, gastrointestinal surgery, pulmonary care and stroke care. 

Milton S. Hershey received Top 100 status for gastrointestinal care, gastrointestinal surgery and stroke care. 

WellSpan York also made the Top 100 for gastrointestinal care and stroke care. 

A recent Healthgrades survey revealed that 64% of consumers are more concerned with their health and wellness than they were before the pandemic, and more than half of Americans (57%) are more concerned with the quality of care provided by the doctors and hospitals they choose today. 

 By making hospital performance more transparent, Healthgrades said it helps increasingly engaged consumers become informed healthcare customers. 

 “Healthcare decisions are often complicated and fraught with emotion,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “By giving consumers an easy-to-understand, data-driven way to identify the hospitals in their area with the best outcomes, Healthgrades is helping all patients – no matter their background – confidently choose higher quality care.”