August 14, 2018

U.S. News & World Report names MMC ‘Best Regional Hospital’

Photo / Tim Greenway
Photo / Tim Greenway
Maine Medical Center announced today it has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutive years as a "best regional hospital." MMC President and CEO Richard Petersen said the recognition "reflects our team’s dedication to delivering high quality care every day."

About Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Center is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state's largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23% of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system..

U.S. News & World Report today named Maine Medical Center as a "Best Regional Hospital" for the sixth consecutive year and as the best hospital in Maine in 2018-19. MMC also was recognized as "high performing" in the specialty of urology and in eight common procedures and conditions included in the annual survey of U.S. hospitals.

U.S. News & World Report released its 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings today. The 29th annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care.

The rankings compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1,100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.

U.S. News also recognized the Best Regional Hospitals in 200 metro areas and regions across the U.S., ranking them based on their performance in delivering complex and common care. It created the Best Regional Hospitals survey in 2011 to provide consumers with a way to assess the overall care at hospitals in their areas.

Barely 10% of hospitals can call themselves a "Best Regional Hospital," according to the magazine.

"We are proud to receive this important recognition by U.S. News & World Report. It reflects our team's dedication to delivering high quality care every day," said MMC President and CEO Richard Petersen. "Thank you to all our colleagues for the work they do every day on behalf of our patients, and for continually seeking new and innovative ways to deliver the best possible care close to home."

MMC also received recognition as a "high performing" hospital in the specialty of urology. According to U.S. News, a hospital is rated "high performing" in a specialty category if it's scored in the top 10% nationwide.

U.S. News also rated MMC as "high performing" in these eight common procedures and conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery.

U.S. News rated the performance of more than 4,500 hospitals from high performing to below average in those procedures and conditions to help consumers find good sources of local care.

The rankings are available online here.


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