Maine Medical Center ranked best hospital in the state

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The list compared more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Fewer than half received “high performance” ratings for procedures — Maine Med received 14.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Medical Center earned the top spot on a list of state hospitals compiled by US News and World Report.

This is the tenth consecutive time that Maine Med has won this distinction.

The list compared more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Less than half received “very good” ratings for common procedures.

Maine Med received 14 for the following procedures:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
  • Aortic valve surgery.
  • Back surgery (vertebral fusion).
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
  • Colon cancer surgery.
  • Heart attack.
  • Heart bypass surgery.
  • Hip replacement.
  • Renal failure.
  • Knee replacement.
  • Lung cancer surgery.
  • Prostate cancer surgery.
  • Stroke.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

“We know it’s stressful to have an illness,” said Marco Diaz, chairman of the Cardiac Services Department at Maine Medical Center MD. “It may be for some of these people the most important time in their lives. It’s the most important time for their family. Some of them are literally facing death.”

This was the case for Rich Laver. He and his wife, Danette, moved to Portland’s West End in July 2020, less than a mile from Maine Med. In May 2021, Laver woke up in the middle of the night with chest pain.

“I woke up at 2:15 a.m. It was like an alarm clock going off in my chest,” Laver said. “I knew something was wrong.”

He and his wife called 911. When he jumped into the back of the ambulance, paramedics asked him which hospital he wanted to go to. Being new to the area, he asked what they recommended. A paramedic told Maine Med.

Meanwhile, friends and family were calling his wife to ask when he was going to Boston or returning to his hometown of Philadelphia for treatment.

“Open heart surgery? I didn’t want to wait two days, three days. Then it gets stuck in my head,” Laver said. “Also, do I have enough time?”

Laver underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

“The last person I spoke to was my anesthetist at 6:30 a.m. when they brought me in, and she could have been the last person I spoke to. But that wasn’t the case,” said said Wash.

A few days later he was back home in the West End.

“Being able to do this every day is a remarkably rewarding experience,” Dr. Diaz said.

One area that the US News and World Report list fails to consider is trust.

“You can’t define how important it is and knowing that you’ll be fine and wake up the next day, that means everything,” Laver said. “It meant everything to me.”

Diaz and Jeff Sanders, the hospital’s president, said the rankings also help them recruit some of the best healthcare providers in the country and attract more money for research projects.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, earned the top national ranking. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston ranked eighth.

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