How We Ranked the Best Hospitals 2013-14: An FAQ

For most patients who need hospitalization, the one the doctor recommends probably is fine — but it might not be if you need demanding surgery or if age, physical infirmities or a chronic condition could compromise your treatment or procedure. Then a visit to the Best Hospitals national rankings and Best Regional Hospitals rankings may be in order. What goes into those evaluations, as well as questions of interest to media and health care professionals, are addressed in this FAQ.