U.S. News & World Report Names DCH Regional Medical Center a High Performing Hospital in Two Areas
U.S. News & World Report magazine has named DCH Regional Medical Center a High Performing Hospital in the areas of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Heart Failure in its annual health ratings edition.
“Generally speaking, a hospital must score in the top 20 percent nationwide for a particular medical specialty, procedure or condition to earn a High Performing rating for that type of care,” said Mark W. White, a vice president at U.S. News. “Of the more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals evaluated by our Health Rankings team, barely one-fourth earned even a single High Performing Rating.”
COPD is a collective term for lung diseases like emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis. COPD is the third leading cause of death in Alabama, and heart disease is the leading cause of death, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
“COPD and heart diseases touch the lives of thousands of our neighbors in West Alabama, and we are proud that U.S. News recognized our expertise in dealing with these conditions,” DCH President/CEO Bryan Kindred said. “This distinction is proof that we have assembled an elite team of physicians and staff and equipped them with the latest technology.”