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Brigham fails to make U.S. News’s top 20 list

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For the first  time in 24 years,  Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, is not on the U.S. News & World Report list of the top 20 hospitals in America.

The Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital said cited its lack of “Magnet designation,” —  given to hospitals for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care — was the main reason that Brigham didn’t make the list.

“The U.S. News methodology gives a large number of points to hospitals that have achieved Magnet status,” says Allen Kachalia, MD, chief quality officer for the Brigham. “It’s important for people to know that the way we care for our patients has not changed since last year’s rankings when we were on the Honor Roll, but the methodology U.S. News uses has changed.”

The only hospital in the state that made the list was Massachusetts General Hospital, which was ranked fourth in the country.


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