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HCGH Ranked High Performing by U.S. News & World Report

For Immediate Release           
Contact:  Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,
July 17, 2012

Columbia, MD – Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH) was recognized today by U.S. News & World Report in Best Hospitals 2012-13, the publication’s annual rankings for the top hospitals in America as well as its Metro Area Rankings. HCGH was ranked as a high-performing hospital in the Baltimore metro area for eight clinical areas: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. To be included in the Metro Area Rankings, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty.

 “We are very pleased to be recognized by this respected publication for our achievements in providing quality care to our patients and serving our community. The number one priority of every employee, physician and volunteer at HCGH is to provide the safest, highest quality care to our patients and their loved ones. It is gratifying that USNWR has confirmed the success of our efforts,” said Victor A. Broccolino, president and CEO of Howard County General Hospital.

Other member hospitals of Johns Hopkins Medicine also were listed in the annual rankings, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, which this year ranked #1 nationally in five specialties, and #2 in the nation. In the magazine’s inaugural ranking of hospitals within a state, The Johns Hopkins Hospital ranked #1 in Maryland. It ranked #1 in the Baltimore metropolitan region, and it is the only hospital in the state to be ranked nationally in 16 medical specialties. Also ranked as high-performing were the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Suburban Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital.

A detailed list of the rankings and information about the ranking methodology are available at

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and pediatrics to oncology, orthopedics and geriatric services.  Programs include a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.

The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and nearly 500 volunteers.