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US News and World Reports: 2014 Best Hospitals in America

Written by Diane Archer

What are the best hospitals in America? US News and World Reports released its answer for 2014. There’s a lot of information to consider and there are a lot of unknowns.

The U.S. News survey relies on data from 5.000 hospitals (about half the hospitals in the country) and more than 9,500 physicians. It is based on patient safety data, death rates, and data on treatments for complex conditions, among many other important factors.Keep in mind though that good treatment is a function of the particular team of specialists and other providers delivering the care as well as the hospital. And, the best hospital in a particular specialty area overall might not be the best in the subspecialty area for which you need treatment.

So, before you decide to go with one hospital over another for your care or the care of someone you love, ask a lot of questions. You should look at the U.S. News for its ranking and the different factors it considers. Also, take a look at the Informed Patient Institute list and rankings of a few different hospital report cards. And, talk to your doctor, your family and friends. Sometimes, there’s no easy answer to the question of what hospital is best for your condition.  Always, it’s important and worth the effort to do the research.

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