Hospitals did a better job of caring for patients in 2003, but a wide disparity in quality ratings continues to exist from city to city and hospital to hospital, according to a new study by HealthGrades, Lakewood, Colo. In its seventh annual report on hospital quality, HealthGrades found that patients in the 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas had a 17% better chance of surviving a heart attack and a 21% better chance of surviving a bypass procedure than they did in 2000. Others conditions covered were angioplasty, congestive heart failure and community-acquired pneumonia. Hospitals in Cleveland had the best overall quality performance in 2003, followed by Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix and Tampa, according to the report. The worst rankings overall were for hospitals in Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle. Read the report. -- by Michael Romano
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