Local residents receiving care for heart failure, kidney failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at MelroseWakefield Hospital are receiving the highest levels of care in the region according to the latest hospital rankings released by U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings, treatment for heart failure and COPD at MelroseWakefield Hospital are listed as High Performing for the region.

“We are pleased to once again, be recognized by U.S. News and World Report,” said Laurence Conway, MD, director of the MelroseWakefield Cardiovascular Center. “The cardiovascular team at MelroseWakefield Hospital takes great pride in providing outstanding care for patients suffering with heart failure and other cardiac concerns.”

“Pulmonary and respiratory care teams at MelroseWakefield Hospital have set the standard for high performance in the region,” said Geri Healey-Dame MS, RRT, clinical manager of Respiratory Care at MelroseWakefield Hospital. “We are proud of this acknowledgment and our dedication to the community.”

In addition to the complex care evaluated in the Best Hospitals specialty rankings, U.S. News and World Report rates hospitals for their performance in treating more commonly occurring conditions and medical procedures.

The regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News and World Report regional rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

Tufts Medicine Formerly Wellforce

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