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Consumer Reports rates hospitals based on surgeries

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Consumer Reports is rating hospitals based on how patients do during and after surgery. The results indicate that big-name hospitals sometimes don’t live up to their reputations and smaller institutions can do better than you might expect.

The magazine used hospital billing data from nearly 2,500 hospitals.

It used the length of hospital stay after surgery as an indicator of patient well-being.

“Then we looked at 27 categories of surgeries and combined that data across all 27 and then rolled that up into an overall score or an overall rating for that hospital,” Doris Peter, associate director of Consumer Reports Health Rating Center. “And then we have also published individual ratings for five common procedures like back surgery, and hip and knee replacement.”

For more information on the rankings and to see how local hospitals fared, visit

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