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Washington Consumer’s CHECKBOOK Gives Top Ratings to Suburban Hospital - 11/01/2012

Washington Consumer’s CHECKBOOK Gives Top Ratings to Suburban Hospital

Release Date: November 1, 2012

Bethesda, Md., (Nov 1, 2012) –  Suburban Hospital in Bethesda was one of only four hospitals in the greater Washington, DC region to receive top ratings for inpatient care and simple and complex emergency care from Washington Consumers’ CHECKBOOK. The ratings were based on patient and physician feedback as well as clinical data including risk-adjusted mortality and how often the hospital followed evidence-based treatment criteria for specific clinical conditions.

The publication reported ratings of 30 hospitals in the region. In evaluating emergency departments, consumers were asked to rate attributes such as speed of service, pleasantness of staff, communication skills, and helpfulness in arranging follow-up care.  Physicians ranked the hospitals on “desirability for treatment of major and minor injuries.”  In these categories Suburban ranked significantly higher than any other Montgomery County hospital, with scores of 94 and 97 respectively.

Criteria for ranking inpatient care included the percentage of physicians who rated each hospital “very good or “excellent” for “surgery on an adult in cases where the risk of complications is high.”

Suburban Hospital is the designated Level II trauma center for Montgomery County.

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About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for close to 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.

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