Mercy Hospital Fort Smith Ranked Second Best Hospital In Arkansas

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) — U.S. News & World Report released their 2016 Best Hospital Guide, and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith was ranked one of the top hospitals in the state.

Mercy Hospital was one of only three Arkansas hospitals to make the list of top regional hospitals, tying for second place along with Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, according to a press release. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock earned the top ranking in Arkansas.

Some of the areas were the hospital performed best were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.

The hospitals are ranked on a number of factors, including care, patient safety, and nurse staffing.

They outperformed many other hospitals in the following areas:

  • Saving lives and patient safety
  • Fewer patient complications
  • Fewer deaths and re-admitted patients
  • Shorter ER wait times
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Shorter hospital stays

“Our focus is never where we stand in rankings, but it’s still humbling to see our co-workers’ dedication and excellence rewarded with a spot at the top of the lists,” said Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, in the release. “We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to our community’s well-being with exceptional health care and we will continue to work to improve every day.”