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Choosing a hospital can be a difficult and personal decision that is based on individual needs and preferences. Besides location, one thing to consider when choosing a hospital is whether your primary care physican is affiliated with the hospital. Discuss this with your PCP and see what hospital he/she recommends and why.


Choosing a Hospital

Step 1: Learn about the care you need and your hospital choices

Talk to your doctor / health care provider about the following:

  • Find out which hospitals they work with.
  • Ask which hospitals they think give the best care for your condition (ie: have enough staffing, coordinate care, promote medication safetyh, and prevent infection).
  • Ask how well these hospitals check and improve their quality of care. Do the hospitals participate in Medicare?

Based on your condition, ask your doctor / health care provider questions such as:

  • Which hospitals have the best experience with your condition?
  • Should you consider a specialty hospital, teaching hospital (usually part of a university), community hospital, or one that does research or has clinical trials related to your condition?
  • If you need a surgeon or other type of specialist, what is his or her experience and success treating your condition?
  • Who will be responsible for you overall care while you're in the hospital?
  • Will you need care after leaving the hospital and, if so, what kind of care? who will arrange this care?
  • Are there any alternative s to hospital care?

Step 2: Think about your personal and financial needs

Check your hospital insurance coverage:

  • Do you need permission from your health plan (like a pre-authorization or a referral) before you're admitted for hospital care?
  • If you need care that's not emergency care, do you have to use certain hospitals? Do you have to see certain surgeons or specialists?
  • Do you have to pay more to use a hospital (surgeon or specialist) that doesn't participate in your plan?
  • Do you need to meet certain requirements to get care after you leave the hospital?
  • If you don't have insurance, call the hospital before you're admitted, and ask to speak to someone about setting up a payment plan or other resources to help with payment.

Think about your preferences

  • Do you want a hospital near family members or friends?
  • Does the hospital have convenient visiting hours and other rules that are important to you? Ffor example, can a relative or someone helping with your care stay overnight in the room with you?

Step 3: Discuss your hospital options, and choose a hospital

Talk with family members or friends about the hospitals you're comparing. Talk to your doctor or health care provider how the hospital information you gathered applies to you. Use an online tool like healthcarecomps.com to compare and find a hospital that is best for you.


Top Rated Hospitals

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL, LLC

3100 SOUTHWEST 89TH STREET
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 73159
Ownership: Physician

HARDIN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

921 EAST FRANKLIN STREET
KENTON, OH 43326
Ownership: Voluntary non-profit - Private

WILLIS KNIGHTON MEDICAL CENTER, INC

2600 GREENWOOD ROAD
SHREVEPORT, LA 71103
Ownership: Voluntary non-profit - Private

CAPE COD HOSPITAL

88 LEWIS BAY ROAD
HYANNIS, MA 02601
Ownership: Voluntary non-profit - Private

SAINT LUKE'S SOUTH HOSPITAL

12300 METCALF AVENUE
OVERLAND PARK, KS 66213
Ownership: Voluntary non-profit - Other

BON SECOURS-ST FRANCIS XAVIER HOSPITAL

2095 HENRY TECKLENBURG DRIVE
CHARLESTON, SC 29414
Ownership: Voluntary non-profit - Private