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Portsmouth Regional Hospital named One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery

Portsmouth Regional Hospital named One of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Regional Hospital has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery, putting it in the top 2% of cardiac surgery programs in the country, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor. This distinction, along with numerous other accolades from Healthgrades including being named a top 250 hospital in the country, reflects Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s outstanding clinical performance and distinguishes it as one of the country’s leading hospitals.

Other accolades from Healthgrades include being the recipient of the Healthgrades 2024 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award and being a 5-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, and the treatment of heart attack, two years in a row.

“The awards and recognitions for our cardiovascular surgery program continue to roll in, which is a testament to the commitment to high-quality patient care that our team demonstrates every day,” said Dean M. Carucci, chief executive officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “And we’re not slowing down. With a new hybrid cardiovascular operating room in progress, as well as other technological advances, we continue to move forward in our pursuit of excellence for cardiac surgery, as well as all of our service lines.”

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and complications.  By focusing on what matters most — patient outcomes — the Healthgrades ratings provide critical feedback for both patients and hospitals. By offering easy access to objective performance measures, Healthgrades gives consumers the information they need to find a hospital that excels in providing the care they need.  And, by shining a light on strengths and weaknesses, the Healthgrades ratings help direct hospitals to opportunities for clinical improvement. The 2024 hospital assessment evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 35 common conditions and procedures at approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide to identify the top performers. 

“Healthgrades congratulates Portsmouth Regional Hospital for being a national leader and demonstrating a deep commitment to providing high-quality care to all patients,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades. “As health systems nationwide endeavor to elevate the quality of care, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success. We commend Portsmouth Regional Hospital for their dedication to excellence in patient care.”

Consumers can visit to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of how we rate and why hospital quality matters here.

St. Ann Rehabilitation receives National Recognition in Customer Service Excellence

DOVER – St. Ann Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Dover received a 2024 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight, recognizing the nation’s highest performance in experience for patients and residents.

This was the second consecutive year St. Ann was awarded this national honor, which recognizes skilled nursing facilities that consistently rank in the top 15% of care providers nationwide over the past 12 months.

The Pinnacle Quality Insight survey was based on nearly 15,000 interviews with residents and family members at 2,700 skilled nursing facilities nationwide. St. Ann scored best-in-class in overall satisfaction, nursing care, family communications, life enrichment activities, safety and security and other key service areas.

“This award is a testament to the leadership and staff at St. Ann,” said Alain Bernard, assistant vice president of Catholic Charities NH. “They truly embody a community of compassionate caretakers committed to providing a supportive environment that enables our residents to thrive and live their lives to the fullest each day.”

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February Prostate Cancer Support Group meeting

STATEWIDE — The Prostate Cancer Support Group of New Hampshire announces its next by Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 pm.  This special Valentine's Day meeting will have a double feature of a Prostate Cancer Foundation webinar replay in the first half hour entitled "Sexual Health and Prostate Cancer" followed by a reading of "How to Speak about a Life Threatening Diagnosis" written by Los Angeles based psychologist and reproductive health specialist Jessica Zucker. This program will emphasize the importance of speaking constructively and supportively with partners and others about some of the most difficult subjects we face with prostate cancer.  The second hour of our meeting will have group sharing of current issues in our lives in peer-to-peer support and discussion. 

The Prostate Cancer Support Group of New Hampshire meets monthly by Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month.  There are no dues for the group, and there is no cost to participate in meetings.  Both men and spouses or significant others affected by prostate cancer participate in meetings. For a Zoom link to the meeting, look to the Group's Facebook page or drop an email to