U.S. News & World Report Top Rankings for Excela Health Hospitals
Excela Health and its hospitals once again have received recognition for clinical expertise and high quality patient care by U.S. News & World Report as top performing hospitals 2016 to 2017. Having reviewed hospitals for the past 27 years, U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide, helping to guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. To determine the rankings for Best Hospitals, objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, and adequacy of the nursing staff, among others, are used.
In addition to national rankings, hospitals were also ranked regionally within states and major metro areas. Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in North Carolina. The rankings are published in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2017" guidebook. For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.
Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital has been recognized in four types of care, designating outstanding performance, patient outcomes and patient safety. It was also noted that Westmoreland Hospital earned this high performance rating in hip and knee replacement that is significantly better than the national average. Cited as a "High Performing Hospital," Westmoreland Hospital is recognized for care that includes: Heart Failure, Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Additional Awards and Honors
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to recognize Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital as one of the first in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center Plussm designation in the area of cardiac care as part of the Blue Distinction Center for Specialty Care® program. Additionally, Excela Health's maternity care, bariatric surgery program and knee and hip replacement program (called Joint Works) have also been named as Blue Distinction Centers Plus. The designation is given to hospitals who are shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community.
Excela Health hospitals -- Frick, Latrobe and Westmoreland -- have been designated Primary Stroke Centers by the Joint Commission and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for exceeding national standards for quality patient care and demonstrating proficiency in the presentation and early management of stroke and TIA based on guidelines established by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for health care professionals.
Excela Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation was awarded to Excela Latrobe, Frick and Westmoreland hospitals. Experts conducted peer review evaluations and determined that Excela Health has achieved high practice standards.