ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian Hospital* was recently named a "Best Regional Hospital" for 2017-2018 and was recognized for high performance in colon cancer surgery and hip and knee replacements by U.S. News & World Report. It is the only hospital in New Mexico to receive the Best Regional Hospital designation.
The distinction recognizes Presbyterian's three Central New Mexico hospitals – Presbyterian Hospital, Presbyterian Rust Medical Center and Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital.
For 2017-18, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. Of those, only 1,254 hospitals were rated as high performing in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. Hospitals that achieved high performing ratings for at least three types of care are designated as Best Regional Hospitals – only about 12 percent of hospitals evaluated met the criteria.
"The Best Regional Hospital recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing safe, quality care for our patients," said Kathy Davis, RN, senior vice president and chief experience officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. "We are proud of our dedicated team of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and staff who care for our patients every day."
"For nearly three decades, we've strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide," said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties."
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates and more.
*Combined data from all three Presbyterian Central New Mexico hospitals were submitted under the umbrella of Presbyterian Hospital.
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 11,000 employees.