When considered together, the Hartford and New Haven regions are among the top 10 best in the nation for hospital care, according to data compiled by HealthGrades, a provider of consumer health care information. Hartford-New Haven ranked ninth, between St. Louis and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo. Baltimore topped the list. The report also named "Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence" throughout the country, and five Connecticut hospitals earned that designation: Hartford Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury, the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Griffin Hospital in Derby and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown.
HealthGrades also has named the 2011Emergency Medicine Excellence Recipients, and that list included six Connecticut hospitals: Danbury Hospital, Griffin Hospital, Hartford Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Middlesex Hospital and Rockville General Hospital. That study focused on 12 common and life-threatening medical emergencies among that patient population