Harvard Heart Letter

Comparing hospital quality

If you live in an area with more than one hospital, how can you learn which one is best for the medical care that you need. New databases are helping take some of the guesswork out of the process.

U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Hospitals covers the top 50 hospitals in different categories of care.

Hospital Compare is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It provides information on how well hospitals care for patients with heart attacks, heart failure, lung disease, pneumonia, diabetes, or chest pain, or who need one of almost 30 procedures, ranging from angioplasty and pacemaker implantation to gallbladder surgery, hip replacement, and prostate surgery.

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