PORTSMOUTH, NH — HCA Healthcare hospitals Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Parkland Medical Center earned 8 awards for exemplary care in multiple categories, according to new research released this week by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*

This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition. From 2018 through 2020, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,141 lives could potentially have been saved, and complications in 156,050 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades.

“Independent review of our programs and service lines from organizations like Healthgrades helps HCA Healthcare hospitals to maintain excellence in our treatment programs, and allows us to ensure we are providing world-class care to the communities we serve,” said Tom Wold, chief medical officer at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “We strive to deliver the best possible care for patients who come to us to help improve their health and quality of life.”

Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Parkland Medical Center earned Heathgrades accolades in the categories listed below.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital (4 awards)

Critical Care

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 8 Years in a Row (2015-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Respiratory Failure in 2022


  • Five-Star Recipient for Total Hip Replacement for 6 Years in a Row (2017-2022)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment in 2022

Parkland Medical Center (4 awards)


  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2022


  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 4 Years in a Row (2019-2022)


  • Five-Star Recipient for Colorectal Surgeries for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

Critical Care

  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. View the complete methodology on Healthgrades's website.