US News and World report has released its annual “Best Hospitals” list, and MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has been honored as a 2013 “Best Regional Hospital.” The hospital made the top list in two geographical areas, ranking twenty-first in Maryland and fourteenth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. It was further recognized as a “high performing hospital” in neurology and neurosurgery.

US News collects data about hospital performance in 16 specialties, using data such as patient mortality and patient safety indicators to identify the hospitals that perform best on especially challenging cases in a given specialty. Physicians’ surveys that ask doctors to list the best hospitals in their specialty by reputation are also factored in. The top 50 performers in a given specialty are nationally ranked, and hospitals in the top 25 percent are listed as “high performing” in that specialty.

Nearly 4,800 hospitals nationwide were evaluated for inclusion in this year’s rankings. Of those, 732 hospitals met the criteria to be designated as “Best Regional Hospitals” by being nationally ranked or “high performing” in at least one specialty area. 

 “A reputation for quality is not built in a day, or even in a year,” said hospital president Michael J. Chiaramonte, MBA. “The national attention our hospital has begun to receive is the result of a long-term, strategic effort and unwavering dedication to providing the highest quality medical and surgical care for our region’s residents.”

After being a standalone hospital for 35 years, the organization merged with MedStar Health, the leading provider of healthcare services in Maryland and Washington, DC, in December, 2012. As a result of this partnership, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center is increasing the breadth and depth of clinical services it offers as well as expanding the facility’s physical space to accommodate a larger volume of patients. Residents of Southern Maryland can also expect to have a larger choice of specialist physicians, as MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center recruits more doctors to open offices in Clinton.

About MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center:

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, a 262-bed full service hospital serving the Washington, D.C., metro and Southern Maryland areas, was founded in 1977 and joined MedStar Health in December, 2012. In addition to its inpatient facility, the hospital operates a state-of-the-art twenty-four bed subacute unit. Throughout the hospital’s history, it has remained a community leader, a strong supporter of health care education, and a dedicated advocate for quality health care services.