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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Again Ranked Among America's Best Hospitals by U.S. News

July 15, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock has again been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals, online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands July 27.

Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. For the fourth straight year and for the eighth time since 1995, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been recognized for its care in Gynecology.

"Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to once again be recognized among America's best health care institutions," said Nancy Formella, MSN, RN, co-president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. "This recognition is a fitting acknowledgment of the excellent care our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff provide each and every patient. Our commitment to providing the highest quality, compassionate care is recognized every single day, but having this prestigious honor is a meaningful achievement."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive services for women throughout New Hampshire and eastern Vermont including general gynecology, obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology and reproductive pelvic surgery. Physician specialists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon also see patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock practices in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH.

"I am honored to be part of such a talented team that delivers outstanding care for the entire spectrum of gynecologic issues," said Dr. Richard Reindollar, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "We are committed to improving the lives of women in our communities and training the next generation of world-class gynecologic specialists."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is New Hampshire's only academic medical center. Internationally renowned, nationally ranked, and regionally respected, Dartmouth-Hitchcock integrates high-quality patient care, advanced medical education, and translational research to provide a full spectrum of health care.

"Across Dartmouth-Hitchcock, our focus in on providing patient-centered care that is truly value-based: high-quality, safe, and effective," noted Dartmouth-Hitchcock co-president Dr. James N. Weinstein.

"Although our patients are the ultimate and most important judges of our performance, it is gratifying to have this national recognition by U.S. News. I am especially pleased for the physicians and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose high standards of excellence have resulted in this honor."

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties - ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology - hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

"When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you," said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out."

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