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U.S. News & World Report Names Desert Regional Medical Center High Performing Hospital for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Heart Attack, Hip Replacement, Stroke and Kidney Failure

Jul 27, 2021

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Desert Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 7th 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.

Desert Regional Medical Center earned “High Performing” ratings for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Attack, Hip Replacement, Stroke and Kidney Failure, 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.

“We are so proud to receive this recognition from U.S. News & World Report. Providing excellent care for our patients in the Coachella Valley has always been our top priority,” said Michele Finney, CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center. “Our team of caregivers is committed to the highest standards for quality and safety, and this recognition is another example of that commitment.”

For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Less than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating, and only 11 earned this rating in all 17 Procedures & Conditions. The state and metro area rankings recognize hospitals that received high performing ratings across multiple areas of care.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”

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

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

For more information about the 2021-22 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2022” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469975), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores October 5.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.