Which Best Hospitals Are Best (and Worst) at Pain Management

It's no surprise that all facilities aren't equal at keeping pain under control.

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Among elite centers in the U.S. News "America's Best Hospitals" rankings that reported patient satisfaction survey results for the year ended December 2008, the 10 percent below were judged best at pain control. They had the highest percentages of patients who said their pain was "always" well controlled.

Hospital % of Patients Whose
Pain Was "Always"
Well Controlled
Poudre Valley Hospital, Fort Collins, Colo. 75%
University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago 74%
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Fla. 73%
Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis 72%
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix 72%
St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, Calif. 72%
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston 71%
Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, Peoria, Ill. 71%
New England Baptist Hospital, Boston 71%
Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans 71%
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago 71%
St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, Ill. 71%
University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City 71%
USC Norris Cancer Hospital, Los Angeles 71%
USC University Hospital, Los Angeles 71%
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville 71%
Wake Forest Univ. Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C. 71%
Average for all reporting hospitals 68%

Note: Hospitals with the same results are ordered alphabetically.

Among elite centers in the U.S. News "America's Best Hospitals" rankings that reported patient satisfaction survey results for the year ended December 2008,  the 10 percent below were judged worst at pain control. They had the highest percentages of patients who said their pain was "sometimes or never" well controlled.

Hospital % of Patients Whose
Pain Was "Sometimes
or Never" Well Controlled
St. Barnabas Hospital, New York 27%
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C. 17%
Beth Israel Medical Center, New York 14%
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary 14%
University Hospital, Newark, N.J. 13%
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston 12%
Maimonides Medical Center, N.Y. 12%
Mercy Hospital, Miami 12%
Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla. 12%
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey, Calif. 12%
St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark, N.J. 12%
Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia 11%
Harper University Hospital, Detroit 11%
Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 11%
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York 11%
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, N.J. 11%
New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell 11%
Sinai-Grace Hospital, Detroit 11%
Staten Island University Hospital, New York 11%
St. Louis University Hospital 11%
Tampa General Hospital 11%
University Hospital, Cincinnati 11%
Average for all reporting hospitals 8%

Note: Hospitals with the same results are ordered alphabetically.