DHMC named NH's Best Hospital for 2022 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News Best Hospitals seal

As the most rural academic medical center in the country, this recognition reinforces that the depth, breadth and quality of our services are on par with much larger health systems, including those in Boston and New York.

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP, executive vice president, DHMC

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the flagship academic medical center of Dartmouth Health, has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as New Hampshire’s Best Hospital in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2022 rankings, which were released this week.

“As the most rural academic medical center in the country, this recognition reinforces that the depth, breadth and quality of our services are on par with much larger health systems, including those in Boston and New York,” said Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, CENP, executive vice president of DHMC. “While clinical recognitions are important and reinforce the quality of care we provide to our friends and neighbors, they don’t tell the full story. From physicians to advanced practice providers, allied health team members to those in non-clinical administrative or support roles, high-quality care and positive patient experiences start with our people. Their skills, dedication and heart are the foundation of everything we do.”

DHMC was also recognized as “high performing” in two adult specialties, Cancer and Neurology/Neurosurgery, as well as in 12 common adult procedures and conditions, including:

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart attack
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Kidney failure
  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Ovarian cancer surgery
  • Stroke
  • Uterine cancer surgery

In addition to DHMC, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, a Dartmouth Health member, was recognized as “high performing” for back surgery (spinal fusion).

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 33rd year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. To compile the annual list, U.S. News & World Report evaluates hospital performance in 15 adult specialties, 10 pediatric specialties and 17 surgical procedures and medical conditions in more than 5,000 medical centers nationwide. The methodologies behind the rankings in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. For more information about their hospital rankings, visit US News and World Report.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes its Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 51 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, including the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital and clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.