Huntsville Hospital named # 2 in state by U.S. News & World Report

Huntsville Hospital is rated Alabama’s No. 2 hospital for 2016-17 by U.S. News & World Report.

Along with its excellent overall ranking, Huntsville Hospital earned the magazine’s “High Performing” label in the following surgical procedures or medical conditions:
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
• Colon cancer surgery
• Heart bypass surgery
• Heart failure
• Hip replacement
• Knee replacement

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report is confirmation of the great work done every day by our team,” said Huntsville Hospital Chief Operating Officer Jeff Samz. “It’s nice when you are singled out for excellent performance by a respected source.”

For its 2016-17 rankings, U.S. News analyzed publicly available data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, American Hospital Association and other sources. The evaluation covered more than 100 hospitals in Alabama and nearly 5,000 nationwide.

The magazine rated each hospital’s performance in nine common surgical procedures or medical conditions, measuring factors such as 30-day mortality, readmissions, length of stay, patient volume, nurse staffing and patient satisfaction.

For each of the nine categories, hospitals were rated as High Performing, Average or Below Average. U.S. News listed Huntsville Hospital as High Performing in seven categories. UAB Hospital in Birmingham, the magazine’s choice as Alabama’s top hospital for 2016-17, was rated High Performing in eight of nine categories.

Huntsville Hospital improved from the 2015-16 U.S. News rankings, when it was rated High Performing in three categories (heart bypass surgery, heart failure and COPD) and also finished second in the state behind UAB Hospital.