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Exteriors of the St. Josephs Medical Center's main entrance. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)
Exteriors of the St. Josephs Medical Center's main entrance. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

How well do Md. hospitals provide common care?

U.S. News & World Report has rolled out a new evaluation tool for hospitals based on their success in providing five common procedures.

The Best Hospitals for Common Care analysis looks at data on patient survival, readmission, infections and other factors regarding the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and congestive heart failure.

Hospitals are then rated either high-performing, average, or below average on each procedure. High-performing hospitals exceed expected standards of care.

So what are the high-performing hospitals in Maryland?

For knee replacement: Anne Arundel Medical center in Annapolis, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

For hip replacement: Mercy Medical Center, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, the University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, and Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland.

For congestive heart failure: Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center

For heart bypass surgery: MedStar Union Memorial Medical Center, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, and Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

For chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, the only high-performing hospital in Maryland is the Greater Baltimore Regional Medical Center.

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