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Published on August 25, 2017

U.S. News & World Report Names Billings Clinic #1 Hospital in Montana 2017-2018

Washington DC – Billings Clinic has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Montana for 2017-18 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings. It is the sixth consecutive year Billings Clinic has received this distinction.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 28th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Billings Clinic was also recognized for high performance ratings in three specialties and six procedures or conditions or treatments. They are:

• Nephrology
• Pulmonary
• Diabetes and endocrinology
• Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
• Heart failure
• Heart bypass surgery
• Colon cancer surgery
• Hip replacement
• Knee replacement

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas,152 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

ABOUT BILLINGS CLINIC
Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas.A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, Billings Clinic is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. At its core, Billings Clinic is a physician-led, integrated multispecialty group practice with a 304-bed hospital and level II trauma center. Billings Clinic has more than 4,200 employees, including more than 450 physicians and advanced practitioners offering more than 50 specialties. More information can be found at www.billingsclinic.com.

ABOUT U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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