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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Care

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma.

Comparing New England teaching hospitals with > 300 beds

You want to go to a hospital that…

  1. Sees the greatest number of patients with your condition
  2. Manages the most complex cases
  3. Achieves the best survival rates for your condition
  4. Avoids complications better and has fewer re-admissions

1. Who treats the most COPD patients?

Number of COPD patients treated, Medicare patients only

(Higher score is better)

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (945)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (748)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (566)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (545)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (483)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (459)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (423)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (404)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (397)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (375)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (332)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (261)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (220)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (212)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (211)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (137)

2. Does Dartmouth-Hitchcock handle complex cases?

If a hospital handles highly complex cases of many types often, it is generally better prepared to provide expert care for complex diagnoses that need a lot of resources. Information on complex cases at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is available, but not for this specific condition.
Learn more about complex cases

3. How many COPD patients don’t survive more than 30 days?

COPD mortality rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (6.3%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (6.3%)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (6.3%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (6.4%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (6.8%)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (6.9%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (7.2%)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (7.4%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (8.2%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (8.2%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (8.3%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (8.4%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (9.3%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (10.1%)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (10.3%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (10.5%)

4. How many COPD patients go back to the hospital within 30 days?

COPD readmission rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (17.3%)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (17.4%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (18.2%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (20.2%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (20.2%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (20.3%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (20.3%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (20.5%)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (20.6%)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (20.9%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (21.4%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (21.6%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (21.7%)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (21.9%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (22.0%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (22.1%)

What does this mean for me?

  • Choose where to get care in advance, as best care increases survival rates after serious hospitalizations.
  • The best COPD care also reduces the possibility to patients having to return to the hospital.

How good is Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

  • Patients treated for COPD at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital than at other academic centers in the region. They are also more likely to survive more than 30 days after their hospital stay.

What is Dartmouth-Hitchcock doing to improve COPD care?

  • At Dartmouth-Hitchcock we have a Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program that helps patients with COPD from getting pneumonia. We also are working on promoting early identification of breathing problems because better self-management may prevent hospitalizations.

What questions should I ask to get the best care?

  • Ask the hospital: How many COPD patients do you care for?
  • Ask the provider: Do you have a specialty team for these patients?

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