Best Regional Hospitals

U.S. News has added the 247 hospitals below to its roster of Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12.

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U.S. News has added the 247 hospitals below to its roster of Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, extending the designation to hospitals outside the largest U.S. metropolitan areas. (An additional 720 Best Regional Hospitals are located in 94 metro areas with populations of 500,000 or more; see hospital rankings by metro area.) All Best Regional Hospitals, regardless of location, have met the same standard: They were recognized in July 2011 as high performing in at least one of the 16 specialties U.S. News evaluates.

The Best Regional Hospitals below are listed alphabetically within each state. They are not ranked within their respective regions.

Hospital City Region
Baptist Medical Center East Montgomery Central Alabama
DCH Regional Medical Center Tuscaloosa Central Alabama
Huntsville Hospital Huntsville Northern Alabama
Medical Center Enterprise Enterprise Southern Alabama
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center Anniston Central Alabama
Northport Medical Center Northport Central Alabama
Riverview Regional Medical Center Gadsden Central Alabama
Southeast Alabama Medical Center Dothan Southern Alabama
University of South Alabama Medical Center Mobile Southern Alabama
Alaska Native Medical Center Anchorage Anchorage
Alaska Regional Hospital Anchorage Anchorage
Providence Alaska Medical Center Anchorage Anchorage
Flagstaff Medical Center Flagstaff Northern Arizona
Verde Valley Medical Center Cottonwood Northern Arizona
Yuma Regional Medical Center Yuma Western Arizona
Sparks Regional Medical Center Fort Smith River Valley Region
Washington Regional Medical Center Fayetteville Ozarks Region
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center Vallejo Napa-Sonoma Region
Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Salinas Central California Coast
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center San Luis Obispo Central California Coast
St. Joseph Hospital Eureka Northern California Coast
Medical Center of the Rockies Loveland Northeast Colorado
North Colorado Medical Center Greeley Northeast Colorado
Parkview Medical Center Pueblo Southeast Colorado
Poudre Valley Hospital Fort Collins Northeast Colorado
St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center Grand Junction Northwest Colorado
Vail Valley Medical Center Vail Northwest Colorado
New Milford Hospital New Milford Western Connecticut
William W. Backus Hospital Norwich Eastern Connecticut
Bayhealth Medical Center Dover Delaware
Beebe Medical Center Lewes Delaware
Bay Medical Center Panama City Florida Panhandle
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Orange City Central Florida
Gulf Coast Medical Center Panama City Florida Panhandle
Halifax Health Daytona Beach Central Florida
Naples Community Hospital Naples Southern Florida
North Florida Regional Medical Center Gainesville Northern Florida
Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola Pensacola Florida Panhandle
Shands at the University of Florida Gainesville Northern Florida
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Tallahassee Florida Panhandle
Athens Regional Medical Center Athens Piedmont Region
Floyd Medical Center Rome Ridge and Valley Region
Hamilton Medical Center Dalton Ridge and Valley Region
Houston Medical Center Warner Robins Coastal Plain Region
Medical Center of Central Georgia Macon Coastal Plain Region
Memorial University Medical Center Savannah Coastal Plain Region
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville Piedmont Region
Oconee Regional Medical Center Milledgeville Piedmont Region
St. Joseph's, Candler Hospital Campus Savannah Coastal Plain Region
St. Joseph's Hospital Savannah Coastal Plain Region
St. Mary's Hospital Athens Piedmont Region
No non-metro high-performing hospitals. View all hospitals in Hawaii.
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center Idaho Falls Eastern Idaho
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Lewiston Northern Idaho
Carle Foundation Hospital Urbana East Central Illinois
Memorial Medical Center Springfield West Central Illinois
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Peoria Northwest Illinois
OSF St. Francis Medical Center Peoria Northwest Illinois
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Bloomington East Central Illinois
Provena St. Mary's Hospital Kankakee Northeast Illinois
Riverside Medical Center Kankakee Northeast Illinois
Rockford Memorial Hospital Rockford Northwest Illinois
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center Mattoon East Central Illinois
St. John's Hospital Springfield West Central Illinois
St. Mary's Hospital Centralia Southern Illinois
St. Mary's Hospital Decatur East Central Illinois
Ball Memorial Hospital Muncie Central Indiana
Bloomington Hospital Bloomington Southern Indiana
Columbus Regional Hospital Columbus Southern Indiana
Deaconess Hospital Evansville Southern Indiana
Dupont Hospital Fort Wayne Northern Indiana
Howard Regional Hospital Kokomo Northern Indiana
La Porte Regional Hospital La Porte Northern Indiana
Lutheran Hospital Fort Wayne Northern Indiana
Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne Northern Indiana
Reid Hospital and Health Care Services Richmond Central Indiana
St. John's Hospital Anderson Central Indiana
Allen Memorial Hospital Waterloo Eastern Iowa
Genesis Medical Center-Davenport Davenport Eastern Iowa
Mary Greeley Medical Center Ames Central Iowa
Mercy Iowa City Iowa City Eastern Iowa
Mercy Medical Center Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa
Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City Sioux City Western Iowa
St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa
Trinity Bettendorf Bettendorf Eastern Iowa
Trinity Regional Medical Center Fort Dodge Central Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City Eastern Iowa
Hays Medical Center Hays Northwest Kansas
Central Baptist Hospital Lexington Bluegrass Region
King's Daughters Medical Center Ashland Eastern Coal Fields Region
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Ashland Eastern Coal Fields Region
Owensboro Medical Hospital Owensboro Western Coal Fields Region
Pikeville Medical Center Pikeville Eastern Coal Fields Region
St. Joseph East Lexington Bluegrass Region
St. Joseph Hospital Lexington Bluegrass Region
University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Lexington Bluegrass Region
Christus St. Frances Hospital Alexandria Southwest Louisiana
LSU Medical Center-University Hospital Shreveport Northwest Louisiana
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Center Lafayette Southwest Louisiana
Rapides Regional Medical Center Alexandria Southwest Louisiana
St. Francis Medical Center Monroe Northwest Louisiana
Willis-Knighton Medical Center Shreveport Northwest Louisiana
Central Maine Medical Center Lewiston Inland Maine
Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor Inland Maine
MaineGeneral Medical Center Waterville Inland Maine
Meritus Medical Center Hagerstown Western Maryland
Peninsula Regional Medical Center Salisbury Eastern Shore
Shore Hospital Memorial Hospital Easton Eastern Shore
St. Mary's Hospital Leonardtown Southern Maryland
Austen Riggs Center Stockbridge Western Massachusetts
Berkshire Medical Center Pittsfield Western Massachusetts
Falmouth Hospital Falmouth Cape Cod
Alpena Regional Medical Center Alpena Northeast Michigan
Battle Creek Hospital Battle Creek Southwest Michigan
Bay Regional Medical Center Bay City Southeast Michigan
Borgess Medical Center Kalamazoo Southwest Michigan
Bronson Methodist Hospital Kalamazoo Southwest Michigan
Covenant Medical Center Saginaw Southeast Michigan
Lakeland Regional Medical Center Saint Joseph Southwest Michigan
Mercy Memorial Hospital Monroe Southeast Michigan
Munson Medical Center Traverse City Northwest Michigan
Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Petoskey Northwest Michigan
St. Mary's of Michigan Saginaw Southeast Michigan
Immanuel St. Joseph's-Mayo Health Mankato Southern Region
Lake Region Healthcare Corporation Fergus Falls Central Region
Mayo Clinic Rochester Southern Region
SMDC Medical Center Duluth Northeast Region
St. Cloud Hospital Saint Cloud Central Region
St. Luke's Hospital Duluth Northeast Region
Forrest General Hospital Hattiesburg Coastal Mississippi
Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian Pines Region
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Gulfport Coastal Mississippi
Singing River Hospital Pascagoula Coastal Mississippi
Cox Health Springfield Southwest Missouri
Freeman Hospital Joplin Southwest Missouri
Hannibal Regional Hospital Hannibal Northeast Missouri
Heartland Regional Medical Center Saint Joseph Northwest Missouri
Skaggs Regional Medical Center Branson Southwest Missouri
Southeast Hospital Cape Girardeau Southeast Missouri
St. John's Regional Medical Center Joplin Southwest Missouri
University of Missouri Health Care Columbia Central Missouri
Women and Children’s Hospital-University of Missouri Healthcare Columbia Central Missouri
Benefis Healthcare Hospital Great Falls Russell Region
Billings Clinic Billings Custer Region
Community Medical Center Missoula Glacier Region
Kalispell Regional Medical Center Kalispell Glacier Region
St. Patrick Hospital Missoula Glacier Region
Fremont Area Medical Center Fremont Eastern Nebraska
St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center Lincoln Eastern Nebraska
No non-metro high-performing hospitals. View all hospitals in Nevada.
New Hampshire
Concord Hospital Concord Southern New Hampshire
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon Northern New Hampshire
Southern New Hampshire Medical Center Nashua Southern New Hampshire
New Jersey
Atlantic City Medical Center Atlantic City South Jersey
Capital Health-Mercer Trenton Central Jersey
Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trenton Central Jersey
New Mexico
No non-metro high-performing hospitals. View all hospitals in New Mexico.
New York
Bassett Medical Center Cooperstown Southern Tier
North Carolina
Catawba Valley Medical Center Hickory Piedmont Region
First Health Moore Regional Hospital Pinehurst Piedmont Region
Maria Parham Medical Center Henderson Piedmont Region
Mission Hospital Asheville Mountains Region
New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wilmington Coastal Plain Region
Park Ridge Health Hendersonville Mountains Region
Pitt County Memorial Hospital Greenville Coastal Plain Region
Rowan Regional Medical Center Salisbury Piedmont Region
Scotland Memorial Hospital Laurinburg Coastal Plain Region
Southeastern Regional Medical Center Lumberton Coastal Plain Region
North Dakota
Altru Hospital Grand Forks Red River Valley
Innovis Health Fargo Red River Valley
Medcenter One Bismarck ND Great Plains
Sanford Health-MeritCare Hospital Fargo Red River Valley
St. Alexius Medical Center Bismarck ND Great Plains
Adena Regional Medical Center Chillicothe Ohio River Valley Region
Alliance Community Hospital Alliance Glaciated Plateau Region
Aultman Hospital Canton Glaciated Plateau Region
Genesis HealthCare Hospital Zanesville Allegheny Plateau Region
Marietta Memorial Hospital Marietta Buckeye Hills Region
MedCentral Hospital Mansfield Lowlands & Plains Region
Mercy Medical Center Canton Glaciated Plateau Region
Southern Ohio Medical Center Portsmouth Ohio River Valley Region
Union Hospital Dover Allegheny Plateau Region
No non-metro high-performing hospitals. View all hospitals in Oklahoma.
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center Corvallis Northwest Region
Rogue Valley Medical Center Medford Southwest Region
St. Charles Medical Center-Bend Bend Central Region
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Johnstown Central Pennsylvania
Geisinger Medical Center Danville Northeast Pennsylvania
Mount Nittany Medical Center State College Central Pennsylvania
Reading Hospital and Medical Center West Reading Lehigh Valley
St. Vincent Health Center Erie Northwest Pennsylvania
UPMC Hamot Erie Northwest Pennsylvania
Williamsport Hospital and Medical Center Williamsport Northeast Pennsylvania
York Hospital York South Central Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
No non-metro high-performing hospitals. View all hospitals in Rhode Island.
South Carolina
AnMed Health Anderson Upstate Region
Beaufort Memorial Hospital Beaufort Low Country Region
Carolinas Hospital Florence Midlands Region
Mary Black Memorial Hospital Spartanburg Upstate Region
McLeod Health Florence Midlands Region
Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Spartanburg Upstate Region
South Dakota
Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center Sioux Falls Southeast South Dakota
Rapid City Regional Hospital Rapid City Badlands and Black Hills
Sanford USD Medical Center Sioux Falls Southeast South Dakota
Holston Valley Medical Center Kingsport East Tennessee Region
Indian Path Medical Center Kingsport East Tennessee Region
Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Jackson West Tennessee Region
Johnson City Medical Center Johnson City East Tennessee Region
Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center Bristol East Tennessee Region
Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth Beaumont Gulf Coast Region
Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial Corpus Christi Gulf Coast Region
Covenant Hospital Lubbock Panhandle Plains Region
DeTar Hospital Navarro Victoria Gulf Coast Region
East Texas Medical Center Tyler Piney Woods Region
Longview Regional Medical Center Longview Piney Woods Region
Midland Memorial Hospital Midland Big Bend Country
Scott and White Healthcare Temple Prairies and Lakes Region
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics Tyler Piney Woods Region
United Regional Healthcare Wichita Falls Panhandle Plains Region
University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Tyler Piney Woods Region
Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville Gulf Coast Region
Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen Gulf Coast Region
Valley Regional Medical Center Brownsville Gulf Coast Region
Dixie Regional Medical Center Saint George Southwestern Utah
Fletcher Allen Health Care Burlington Northern Vermont
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Roanoke Shenandoah Valley
Centra Health Lynchburg Central Virginia
Johnston Memorial Hospital Abingdon Southwest Virginia
Martha Jefferson Hospital Charlottesville Central Virginia
Norton Community Hospital Norton Southwest Virginia
Rockingham Memorial Hospital Harrisonburg Shenandoah Valley
University of Virginia Medical Center Charlottesville Central Virginia
Winchester Medical Center Winchester Shenandoah Valley
Central Washington Hospital Wenatchee Central Region
Harrison Medical Center Bremerton Puget Sound
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Bellingham Northwest Region
Providence Holy Family Hospital Spokane Northeast Region
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital Spokane Northeast Region
West Virginia
Cabell Huntington Hospital Huntington Metro Valley Region
Charleston Area Medical Center Charleston Metro Valley Region
Monongalia General Hospital Morgantown Mountain and Lakes Region
St. Mary's Medical Center Huntington Metro Valley Region
West Virginia University Hospitals Morgantown Mountain and Lakes Region
Agnesian Healthcare Fond Du Lac East Central Region
Appleton Medical Center Appleton Northeast Region
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Wausau Central Region
Aurora Bay Care Medical Center Green Bay Northeast Region
Luther Midelfort Hospital Eau Claire Northwest Region
Mercy Health Hospital Janesville South Central Region
Mercy Medical Center Oshkosh East Central Region
St. Joseph's Hospital Marshfield Central Region
Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Cheyenne Wyoming High Plains

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a "high-performing" hospital?
A high-performing hospital has met performance standards in one or more Best Hospitals specialties that are almost as demanding as those set for nationally ranked Best Hospitals. U.S. News recognizes such a hospital as a Best Regional Hospital. If it is in a major metropolitan area, it is ranked within that metro area. To learn more about Best Regional Hospitals and the metro rankings, read the methodology for hospital rankings in metro areas.

What standards did high-performing hospitals have to meet?
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties, relying primarily on hard data in 12 of them. To be considered high-performing in one of those specialties, a hospital had to score among the top 25 percent of all hospitals evaluated for the Best Hospitals rankings. In the four specialties that base rank on reputation alone, a hospital had to be named by at least 3 percent of the surveyed physicians who responded. A Best Regional Hospital may be high-performing in just one specialty or as many as 16.

Are high-performing hospitals outside major metro areas ranked?
No. U.S. News does not rank Best Regional Hospitals in any way except within metro areas.

When will Best Regional Hospitals be updated?
In July 2012.

How can I find out what counties are located in a particular region?

Is a list available of all Best Regional Hospitals in a particular state?
Only Best Regional Hospitals outside metro areas are listed above. To see all Best Regional Hospitals in a state, go to Hospitals by Location and click on the state name. A silver circle is displayed next to each of the Best Regional Hospitals.