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Three Bon Secours Hospitals Rank Among the Top Five Hospitals in Richmond in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Metro Area Rankings

RICHMOND, VA (March 30, 2011) – Three Bon Secours hospitals have been ranked among the top five in Richmond, Va. in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals. Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center and St. Francis Medical Center have been ranked second, third and fourth consecutively.

Memorial Regional Medical Center ranked second and was recognized for six specialties, including gastroenterology, geriatrics, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and pulmonology. St. Mary's Hospital ranked third, recognized for gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics. Recognized specialties for St. Francis Medical Center, ranked fourth, include kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics.

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

"We are proud to be among the best in Richmond for high performance in our medical specialties," said Peter J. Bernard, CEO Bon Secours Virginia Health System. "Anytime hospitals and programs are selected as the best, the bar is raised for health care quality in general, and that always benefits the patient – the most important entity of the equation."

U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.

The new metro area rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.

To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. For the full list of metro area rankings visit www.usnews.com/hospitals.

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