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U.S. News & World Report Names Mercy General Hospital Among The Top 50 Hospitals In California


Mercy General also recognized as among the best hospitals in the northern Sierras.

Mercy General Hospital has been ranked as one of top 50 hospitals in California for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“I am extremely proud of this recognition,” says Edmundo Castañeda, Mercy General Hospital president. “It represents the dedication and compassion of the collaborative team of physicians and staff in caring for our patients, many of whom have quite complex medical conditions. We have a reputation for delivering exceptional health care services to the greater Sacramento community, and are pleased to be nationally recognized for this commitment to outstanding care.”

U.S. News, which ranked Mercy General Hospital at 45th in the state, also has recognized Mercy General as among the Best Hospitals in the Northern Sierras. The rankings also place Mercy General at #2 in the Sacramento metro area, and recognize its orthopedics services as high performing.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published on US News and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

About Mercy General Hospital
Mercy General Hospital has been serving the Sacramento community for more than 100 years. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy General has been at its current site in the heart of East Sacramento since 1925. Mercy General Hospital has 342 licensed beds, a physician staff of more than 800 and is the highest volume cardiac procedure hospital in California. Mercy General is one of six Sacramento area hospitals that are part of Dignity Health, a system of 38 hospitals and medical centers in California, Arizona and Nevada and the nation's fifth largest health care system. In FY 2012, Mercy General Hospital provided $46,099,208 in unsponsored care and programs for the benefit of our community.

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