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U.S. News scores MWH among the state’s best; Consumer Reports is not as flattering

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Mary Washington ranked #6 in a U.S. News survey and #32 in a Consumer Reports report.

Mary Washington Hospital scored near the top of one and near the bottom of another in new hospital rankings sponsored by national magazines.

In U.S. News & World Report, the Fredericksburg hospital ranked sixth among 125 Virginia hospitals. In Consumer Reports, the hospital’s “safety score” was 32 out of 39 Virginia hospitals. Stafford Hospital and Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center are not ranked in either study.

U.S. News describes Mary Washington as one of the best hospitals in Virginia with eight specialties that it describes as “high performing.”  These are ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; gastroenterology; nephrology; orthopedics; and urology. The rankings appear on the magazine’s website and will be in its Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook in August.

“Our #6 ranking within Virginia confirms that our exceptionally skilled team of medical professionals and support staff are providing the best care for our community,” said Kevin Van Renan, senior vice president and hospital administrator, in a statement.

In its August issue, Consumer Reports measured hospitals in four areas: hospital-acquired infections, readmission rate, clear discharge instructions and percentage of chest and abdominal CT scans ordered twice for the same patient. Mary Washington scored well in scanning and infections but poorly in communication and readmissions. Its overall safety score was 43 out of a possible 100.

Last month Mary Washington received an “A,” the top score, on a safety report by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by some of the nation’s largest businesses.

(The U.S. News rankings are here. The Consumer Report ranking is here. Some parts of its report require a subscription. A post on the Leapfrog report is here.)

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