MetroWest Medical Center is Named Top 10 Percent in the Nation for General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care for 2020 by Healthgrades

Oct 22, 2019

Framingham, MA – October 22, 2019 – MetroWest Medical Center announces it is among the top 10 percent in the nation for General Surgery and among the top 10 percent in the nation for overall GI Services for the 7th year in the row (2014-2020). This is according to a national report by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and all-payer data from 15 states for bariatrics and appendectomy procedures.

MWMC Framingham Union Hospital entranceMetroWest Medical Center’s achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital executives. The variation in hospital quality can have a significant impact on the quality of care a patient receives. From 2016-2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery Award have, on average a 29.0% lower risk of experiencing a complication or dying while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“The hospitals that stand out for exceptional performance in General Surgery should be commended for their long-standing commitment to quality,” says Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “As consumers are increasingly savvy when it comes to finding and selecting a hospital, patients can be confident when they select a hospital that has achieved this Healthgrades recognition.”

Metro West Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 7 Years in a Row (2014-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2013-2020)

“We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, low cost healthcare to our community,” says Andrew D. Harding, Chief Executive Officer at MetroWest Medical Center. “Our caregivers at MetroWest Medical Center work meticulously for their patients, and this Healthgrades recognition speaks to that.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

If you are interested in more information, please call Rhiana Sherwood, PR Manager at 508-308-1969 or email [email protected].

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2016 through 2018 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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