The Miriam Hospital has once again been named by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in Rhode Island and in the greater metropolitan area and was designated as “high performing” in a dozen specialties and conditions.  

 The Miriam Hospital, an affiliate of the Lifespan health system and a teaching hospital for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has consistently landed in the No. 1 spot in the annual U.S. News Best Hospitals report, whose 2021-22 edition came out today.   

“Our number one priority through the pandemic has been to maintain excellent care for our patients and their families,” said Maria Ducharme, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, president of The Miriam Hospital. “It’s a testament to the work of The Miriam Hospital’s amazing team that, under such incredibly challenging circumstances, not only do we continue to be ranked No. 1 in the state and the metro region, we also were classified as ‘high performing’ in a remarkable number of specialties – 12, the most in the recent memory.”  

U.S. News ranked The Miriam Hospital a Best Regional hospital -- No. 1 among all Rhode Island hospitals as well as the top hospital in the Providence metro area (which includes Providence, Pawtucket, Fall River and New Bedford). The Miriam Hospital received “high performing” honors for the following 12 specialties and conditions:  

Knee replacement  

Hip replacement  


Kidney failure  

Heart failure  

Heart attack  


Colon cancer surgery  

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)  



Neurology and neurosurgery  


For the 2021-22 ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 17 procedures and conditions. Fewer than a third of all hospitals received any high-performing rating.  

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care. “High Performing” recognizes care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.   

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”  

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.  

Richard Salit

Senior Public Relations Officer
The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, Gateway Healthcare
[email protected]