Portsmouth Regional Hospital (PRH) has achieved numerous five-star ratings for specialty care, according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource consumers use to find a hospital or doctor.

“It’s a great honor, and testament to our hard work, that Portsmouth Regional Hospital has once again been recognized for  high-quality specialty care by Healthgrades,” said Brian Sanders, MD, chief medical officer at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “As part of HCA Healthcare, we are continually reviewing data, trends, and outcomes to improve quality and patient care across the board, and that is demonstrated by our consistent recognition by organizations such as Healthgrades.”

PRH’s Five-Star for 2024 ratings include:


Recipient of the Healthgrades 2024 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™

Top 5% in the nation for cardiac surgery

5-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery

5-star recipient for valve surgery

5-star recipient for treatment of heart attack, two years in a row


5-star recipient for hip fracture treatment, three years in a row


Recipient of Healthgrades 2024 Stroke Care Excellence Award™

Top 5% in the nation for treatment of stroke

5-star recipient for treatment of stroke, two years in a row


Recipient of Healthgrades 2024 Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™

Recipient of Healthgrades 2024 Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award™

Top 10% in nation for overall GI services

Top 10% in nation for gastrointestinal surgery

5-star recipient for colorectal surgery

5-star recipient for gallbladder removal surgery

Critical care

5-star recipient for treatment of sepsis, 10 years in a row

5-star recipient for treatment of respiratory failure, three years in a row

Surgical Care

Recipient of Healthgrades 2024 Surgical care Excellence Award™

Top 5% in the nation for surgical care

These five-star ratings reflect the hospital’s commitment to consistently delivering the best care possible and places the organization in the upper echelon of hospitals for specialty care nationwide.

Healthgrades evaluates hospitals solely on clinical outcomes: risk-adjusted mortality and complications. By focusing on what matters most – patient outcomes – 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, 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.

The 2024 Healthgrades analysis revealed that the variation in performance between five-star and one-star hospitals continues to widen, making it increasingly important to seek care at top-rated programs. From 2020 through 2022, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to five-star hospitals, on average, 215,667 lives could potentially have been saved, and 149,521 patients could have avoided potential complications.*

“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 their quality of care, these elite facilities provide a roadmap for success. We commend Portsmouth Regional Hospital for its dedication to excellence in patient care.”

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

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for 2020 through 2022 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. View the complete 2024 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology.