BOSTON - Recently, a number of hospitals throughout all of Massachusetts were subject to a semi-annual survey that determines a grade for the quality of the hospitals. An official organization based in Washington, D.C. known as the Leapfrog Group ventures out to hospitals during the spring and fall seasons to evaluate their ability to protect patients from existing conditions, further injuries, and medical errors.
The western region of Massachusetts performed admirably as Greenfield's Baystate Franklin, Northampton's Holyoke Medical Center, and Westfield's Baystate Noble all maintained their A grades received from the spring, as reported by Masslive. Making a major leap, however, was Cooley Dickinson, also in Northampton, which jumped from a C to an A during the fall.
The good news for Massachusetts hospitals doesn't stop there. In a year where the biggest story for the Massachusetts medical professionals was the transferring of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz from a hospital in the Dominican Republic to a hospital in Boston, the state has proven its merit as one of the top areas for medical treatment in the entire world, let alone the country.
Recently, research was conducted by Medbelle to determine which cities were the best for hospitals in the world, based on criteria of their infrastructure, meaning their space and amount of professionals, the quality of the care given to patients, and access, meaning the cost of medicine and the ability to procure it.
Boston, of course, is home to hospitals such as Brigham & Women's and also plays home to a number of universities that help out medically and professionally. The score our capital received was perfect in infrastructure with a 100 out of 100 and close to perfect in quality of care with 92.8 out of 100. Access in Boston also was the highest in the U.S. with a 61.96 score. Cumulatively, this brought Boston to a total score of 99.64, which was ahead of the U.S. runner-up, Los Angeles, by almost ten entire points. While being number one for hospitals in the U.S., Boston did come in second in the world to Tokyo, Japan, which netted a perfect score.
Boston is an undeniable juggernaut in the medical industry and it is awesome to see their efforts recognized on a global scale like this.
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