U.S. News & World Report Willis-Knighton Medical Center a High Performing Hospital

Aug 21, 2019

Willis-Knighton Medical Center (which includes North, South, Bossier, Pierremont and Rehabilitation locations] has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. It is the highest performing hospital in northwest Louisiana and was ranked second in the state.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care.

Willis-Knighton Medical Center earned a “High Performing” rating for seven adult procedures and conditions: aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, and knee replacement. This was awarded in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes. “High Performing” is the highest rating U.S. News awards for those types of care.

“Willis-Knighton Medical Center has always maintained a high level of performance with critical services,” said Brian Crawford, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Willis-Knighton Health System.  “We continually strive to exceed the expectations of our patients by providing superior care that produces improved clinical outcomes. For more than 95 years, Willis-Knighton and its dedicated doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and support staff have been committed to quality and value-based healthcare while providing the latest innovation and technology for the betterment of our patients.” 

For the 2019-20 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in nine procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 57 earned this rating in all nine Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“For 30 years, U.S. News has 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 on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as risk-adjusted outcome rates, volume, quality of nursing and other care-related indicators.

The Procedures & Conditions ratings were produced by U.S. News analysts.

For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.

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About Willis-Knighton Medical Center
Willis-Knighton Health System is a not-for-profit health system and the largest healthcare provider in northwest Louisiana. Willis-Knighton features three acute care hospitals in Shreveport and one in Bossier City as well as a rehabilitation institute with physical and behavioral rehabilitation services. The health system also includes an extended care center, a skilled nursing center, five wellness centers and a master-planned community for senior adults with independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing. Willis-Knighton’s physician network is composed of more than 400 health providers. They are part of the health system’s more than 7,200 full- and part-time employees, making Willis-Knighton the region’s largest private employer. 

About U.S. News & World Report
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