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SCH Among 2018-19 Best Hospitals by US News and World Report

Published 08/21/2018

South County Hospital has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 edition of “Best Hospitals”. It was the only hospital in Rhode Island to receive the “High Performing” rating for knee replacement surgery.

Of the approximately 4,500 hospitals evaluated, fewer than 30 percent earned even a single High Performing rating in any category.

To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients.

Best Hospitals ratings and rankings are based on millions of data points, in-depth analyses, and expertise. By giving consumers the information they need to make appropriate healthcare decisions, Best Hospitals leads to better care for patients and better incentives for hospitals.

Knee Replacement Scorecard

South County Hospital's score on its knee replacement specialty is based on multiple data categories, including patient survival, readmissions, volume and other data points. Hospitals received one of three ratings - high performing, average or below average.

Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.

Significant high scores were given to South County Hospital for survival, based on U.S. News analysis of Medicare claims; preventing readmissions; preventing prolonged hospitalizations; preventing complications after hip or knee replacement; and the number of patients receiving surgery.