October 24, 2018

Report: Greater Hartford top 10 in health care

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The front entrance to Hartford Hospital, Hartford HealthCare's flagship campus.

A new report ranks Greater Hartford as a top 10 leader in health care.

The 2019 National Health Index released Tuesday by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, ranks Greater Hartford No. 8 among metros it says are "leading the way in health care."

Colorado-based Healthgrades said the national index is aimed at helping consumers navigate care options and to understand the health of their local regions.

Healthgrades is one of a number private entities that gather and rank hospital quality data.

The company said its scientists measured over a dozen variables from 2015 to 2017, including four primary sources to compile the top 100 list: access to care, population health, hospital quality and local specialists.

Under the rankings, Greater Hartford, including Hartford, West Hartford and East Hartford, ranked No. 4 in local specialists, No. 8 in access to care, No. 15 in population health and No. 49 in hospital quality. For areas with over one million residents, Greater Hartford ranked No. 4 overall and No. 2 in access to care and local specialists.

"It seems fitting that the insurance capital of the world ranks highly for access to care, which includes lower rates of factors like cost impacting the ability to see a doctor," Healthgrades said.

The eastern half of the U.S., especially cities along the Atlantic coast, dominated the annual ranking.

In New England, Greater Hartford was outpaced only by Burlington, Vt. (No. 2), and was trailed by Providence (No. 15), Boston (No. 19), Portland, Maine (No. 39) and Springfield (No. 46).

The remaining top five cities include Rochester, Minn. (No. 1), Charleston, S.C. (No. 3), Cincinnati, Ohio (No. 4), and Baltimore, Md. (No. 5).

View the top 100 cities here

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