Waterbury Hospital Praised

Survey Ranks It High Among Regional Facilities

By Michael C. Juliano

Waterbury Hospital, seen here, has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

Waterbury Hospital, seen here, has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

WATERBURY — Waterbury Hospital is one of the state’s top regional hospitals, according to a recent national report.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the acute-care hospital with 214 staffed beds tied for fourth in Connecticut as a Best Regional Hospital for Common Care. The hospital shared the No. 4 spot with Greenwich and Middlesex hospitals and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.

“It is especially gratifying to receive this public acknowledgment of the hard work of our organization,” Darlene Stromstad, president and CEO of hospital parent Waterbury Health, said in a news release. “In spite of any distractions, we have kept our prom­ise to our patients to keep them first.”

The hospital, at 64 Robbins St., was also ranked as “high performing” in both knee and hip replacements by the report, which was released this week.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked overall among Best Regional Hospitals, and recognized for our superior performance for both knee and hip replacements, which reflects our historic excellence in orthopedic care,” said Stromstad, whose hospital was recognized as serving the Milford- New Haven region.

U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on five common inpatient adult procedures and conditions — chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement. It also assessed them on nine adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

Waterbury Hospital was ranked as “average” in the three other adult procedures and conditions, and was not ranked in the nine adult specialties, the report showed.

Yale-New Haven Hospital ranked first in the state as a Best Regional Hospital, while Hartford Healthcare ranked second, Danbury Hospital ranked third and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport placed eighth. Yale was the only hospital to be ranked nationally, for six adult specialties and eight pediatric specialties.

The report showed that only 137 hospitals — or less than 3 percent of all hospitals nationwide — earned a national ranking in at least one specialty. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was ranked the top hospital in the nation, followed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles tied for third, while the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio rounded out the top five.

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News, said in a statement. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions.”

U.S. News ranked the hospitals based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for patients 65 and older, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. It also used survey data from the American Hospital Association, the report said.