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Dartmouth-Hitchcock tops in NH in U.S. News rankings

By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY
New Hampshire Union Leader

August 09. 2017 12:06AM
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was rated New Hampshire's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report. (COURTESY)



Dr. Joanne Conroy’s second day as CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center started with news that her hospital was named best in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

“This is a community of health care professionals that I believe is second to none,” Conroy said Tuesday.

No New Hampshire hospital made the national rankings, but Dartmouth-Hitchcock received high marks for abdominal aortic repair surgery, hip replacement surgery, as well as colon cancer and lung cancer surgeries.

St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua was ranked second in the state, followed by Exeter Hospital. Both hospitals were lauded for treating the lung disease COPD and heart failure. Exeter also received praise for knee replacement surgeries.

U.S. News & World Report puts out the annual list of the nation’s best hospitals, with the top 20 being named to its “honor roll.”

The closest hospital to make the honor roll was Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, ranked the nation’s fourth best overall. Boston Children’s Hospital was rated the best pediatric facility in the country.

Other top-ranked New England hospitals include McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., named the nation’s best hospital for psychiatry, and Boston’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, ranked as the nation’s second-best hospital for ears, nose and throat.

This is the 28th year the magazine has ranked the nation’s hospitals and the sixth year it has done state-by-state rankings. The publication bases its rankings on 16 specialities and nine procedures and conditions. It uses data and survey responses to determine rankings.

Conroy took the reins at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Monday, replacing Dr. James Weinstein who is retiring. She is a 1977 graduate of Dartmouth College and most recently served as CEO for Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.

“As the new President and CEO, I am committed to building upon the D-H tradition of excellence, and together we will strive to find new ways to improve the Dartmouth-Hitchcock experience for the people of Vermont and New Hampshire,” she said.

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Silver Linings is a continuing Union Leader/Sunday news report focusing on the issues of New Hampshire’s aging population and seeking out solutions. Union Leader reporter Gretchen Grosky would like to hear from readers about issues related to aging. She can be reached at ggrosky@unionleader.com or (603) 206-7739. See more at www.unionleader.com/aging


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