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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Delaware #1 for Hospital Quality



May 15, 2019
Christina Crooks Bryan
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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Delaware #1 for Hospital Quality
Report Ranks Delaware #6 for Overall Health Care Quality
(DOVER, DE - May 15, 2019) U.S. News & World Report released its “Best States Rankings” on May 14th, with positive health care news for the state of Delaware. The report ranks Delaware #1 for Hospital Quality, #6 for Health Care Quality and #15 on the list of the best states for health care.
“We are proud that the first state ranks first for hospital quality in the nation,” said Wayne Smith, President and CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “Delaware hospitals and health care systems are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for each and every Delawarean, and it shows.”
Delaware achieved high marks in the following categories:
  • Delaware ranks #1 for Hospital Quality , a measure of hospital success in performing and treating nine procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and Lung cancer surgery. 
  • Delaware is ranked #6 for Health Care Quality , measured based on preventable hospital admissions, Medicare plan ratings and the quality of nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Delaware is ranked #15 on the list of the best states for Health Care (up from #25 in 2018), which is measured based on health care access and affordability, health care quality and health outcomes. 
Wayne Smith continued: “Quality health care delivery is always first and foremost for Delaware’s hospitals and health care delivery systems. They invest in quality, practice quality and assess for quality. Quality improvement is a never-ending mission and we are incredibly proud of Delaware’s hospitals and the recognition of their efforts to ensure quality patient care, from which every Delawarean benefits.”
About the Delaware Healthcare Association
The Delaware Healthcare Association (DHA) was formed in 1967 to assist Delaware hospitals in working on issues concerning health care and the hospital industry. DHA is a statewide trade and membership services organization that serves as a leader in the promotion of effective change in health services through collaboration and consensus building on health care issues at the State and Federal levels. DHA’s vision is to be the leading and respected voice for hospitals and health care delivery systems in Delaware working together to deliver compassionate, accessible, high quality, financially sustainable health care to the patients and communities they serve. DHA’s mission is to provide policy and advocacy leadership in creating an excellent environment for enabling every Delawarean to be as healthy as they can be.