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Low rankings for some prestigious hospitals

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A recent ranking by Consumer Reports finds some of the nation's top hospitals performed the worst when it came to patient outcomes.

Massachusetts General Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgeries, which are both ranked top in the nation for various specialties by U.S. News and World Report, got the lowest Consumer Reports Rating possible: a solid black circle.

Consumer Reports used length of hospital stay after surgery as an indicator of patient well-being, and some doctors have questioned that stat as a determination of patient outcome.

Even if length of hospital stay was a good indicator for how well a patient fared after surgery, some doctors pointed out that certain hospitals routinely received more complex cases than others, leading to longer hospital stays.

Looking at hospitals here in Madison, UW Hospital received the "better" rating, while St. Mary's and Meriter had "average" ratings. No hospitals in Wisconsin rated below average.

You can see the full Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings here.

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