St. Francis Medical Center has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a “high performing” hospital in the specialties of heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The rankings are part of the publication’s recently released “Best Hospitals in America” report for 2020-21, which evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals in the country across 16 specialties and 10 procedures and conditions. The annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care.

“St. Francis is proud to achieve these high performing rankings from U.S. News & World Report,” said Daniel P. Moen, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Francis Medical Center. “This honor reflects our steadfast commitment to providing patients with the highest quality care, even in the most challenging of times. As rooted in our mission, the St. Francis team works tirelessly to not only treat patients but improve access to care that betters individuals’ wellbeing and makes our community healthier.”

U.S. News & World Report’s methodology ranked hospital specialties with one of three ratings— high performing, average or below average. St. Francis’ high performing score was based on multiple data categories, including patient survival, volume and more. Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

“With a prevalence of cardiac and pulmonary issues in our community, access to high-quality care is crucial for residents,” said Moen.  “This recognition demonstrates that St. Francis is prepared to meet these important patient needs.”

Congestive heart failure, often referred to as heart failure, is a chronic progressive condition that affects the heart muscle’s ability to pump. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disease that takes one of two forms, as chronic bronchitis or emphysema.  COPD affects the lungs and causes reduced airflow, making it hard to breathe.

For more information about the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the “Best Hospitals 2021” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469951), available in stores October 6.

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