Connecticut Best Hospitals Rankings

Connecticut Best Hospitals Rankings (U.S. News & World Report / July 15, 2014)

Yale-New Haven Hospital ranked No. 1 in Connecticut in the latest best hospitals ranking released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

None of the hospitals in Connecticut appeared on the overall national Honor Roll, a list of the nation's best 17 hospitals, led by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Yale-New Haven, however, was ranked nationally in 11 of 16 specialty categories. Each category lists the top 50 hospitals nationwide.

Yale-New Haven's top national rankings were No. 7 in diabetes and endocrinology — it was No. 6 last year — and No. 11 in psychiatry, same as last year.

"It's a very welcomed recognition, and it's difficult to earn the success in terms of reputation, high technology and clinical expertise," said Peter Herbert, chief medical officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The rankings are important to patients looking for excellent expertise, reputation and complex care, Herbert said.

Hospitals that are not nationally ranked in a specialty but have scores in the top 25 percent of all hospitals are recognized as high performers in that specialty.

Hartford Hospital, which placed second in the state, led all Connecticut institutions with a high performance ranking in 11 categories.

"It is an honor to be recognized once again as being among the best in the region," Stuart Markowitz, president of Hartford Hospital and senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare, said in a prepared statement. "It solidifies our reputation for excellence in several service line areas, thanks to the steadfast dedication of every single Hartford Hospital staff member to deliver the best care in the safest environment."

Seven other Connecticut hospitals received numbers for high performance: St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Danbury Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Stamford Hospital and William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich.

The U.S. News & World Report has been publishing the annual hospital rankings since 1990.