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Brief: U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Woodwinds

The Woodbury facility earned a “Best Hospital” nod from the national magazine.

has been ranked a “Best Hospital” in the Twin Cities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings.

The latest rankings feature 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 nationwide; each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area, according to a release from HealthEast Care System, of which Woodwinds is a part.

Woodwinds was also recognized for its performance in both gynecology and orthopedics, according to the release.

“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor, said in a statement. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked facilities. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the expertise found at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Aug. 30.

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