CONNECTICUT — Just about everyone in Connecticut will need hospital care at some point in their life. But according to a new report, there is only one top facility that offers services in all categories in the state.
Digital platform Money has partnered with Leapfrog Group to compile its inaugural list of America’s Best Hospitals. Analysts sifted through data from 6,000 hospitals across the country and found 148 that consistently provide excellent care.
All health care facilities fell into five different categories: general hospitals, children’s hospitals, rural hospitals, large teaching hospitals and small teaching hospitals. The first hospitals on the 2022 list cover 29 states.
Hartford Hospital is the only Connecticut hospital to get a boost in all of the report’s classifications: intensive care, childbirth, complex surgery, security level and something Money/Leapfrog analysts call “never d ‘events”. These are events that should “never happen” in a hospital, but if they do occur, the hospital fully complies with elements of Leapfrog’s “Never Events” policy. The guidelines detail a plan of action that includes waiving the costs of the event and follow-up care, and reporting the event to an outside agency.
To select the best hospitals, Money and Leapfrog Group used data from Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Survey, its Hospital Safety Rating and public data sources.
For more than 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has rated hospitals on many criteria ranging from critical care staffing to high-risk surgical outcomes to maternity care. Factors that weighed heavily in determining this year’s top hospitals were hospital infection rates, maternity care, pediatrics, medication management, hand hygiene practices, nursing staff and care intensive.
Learn more about the methodology used to determine the inaugural list of America’s Best Hospitals.
California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania were the states with the most top hospitals. Each of these states had 10 or more hospitals that received the designation. Florida led the way with 26 premier facilities.
See the full list of America’s Best Hospitals.