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U.S. News & World Report released its annual report of the nation’s best hospitals and Paradise Valley Hospital is rated a high performer in treating congestive heart failure. The ratings evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions that result in millions of hospitalizations a year.

This U.S. News ranking puts Paradise Valley among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for success in treating heart failure.

This is the first year U.S. News has expanded its listing to include five “common care” or common surgical procedures and medical conditions. Hospitals are rated as “High Performing,” “Average” or “Below Average.”

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high-performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

To determine the ratings, U.S. News evaluated hospitals across more than 25 quality measures – including mortality, readmissions, infections and patient satisfaction scores – and analyzed more than 5 million patient records, taking into account each patient’s health conditions, age, sex, socioeconomic status and other factors affecting risk.

“South Bay residents can use these rankings to help them make informed decisions on which hospital to seek care based on actual data and outcomes,” said Paradise Valley Hospital Administrator Neerav Jadeja. “This confirmation of our quality care joins our other accolades, including being among the nation’s ‘Top 100 Hospitals’ for the last two years and being the only “Top Performer in Key Quality Measures” for three years in a row in South Bay.

The ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as data from the American Hospital Association annual survey and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.