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U.S. News & World Report Names Lowell General Hospital Among the Best in Massachusetts

Lowell General Hospital has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in Massachusetts, ranking among the top 10 hospitals in the metropolitan Boston area and 12th overall in the state. The U.S. News & World Report's 24th annual Best Hospitals ranking identified Lowell General Hospital among the high-performing hospitals in the nation in four specialties: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Urology. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

"It takes a team of world-class physicians, nurses, and staff to provide the level of care to rank nationally as a top-performing institution U.S. News & World Report," said Joseph A. White, President of Lowell General Hospital. "We are incredibly proud to be one of the few community hospitals included in this prestigious list, and it's a true testament that our patients and their families are leaving our hospital telling great stories about the talented staff and physicians who trust in us to support them in surgery, diagnostic care and treatment."

U.S. News & World Report evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

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