The Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™ recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. Patients who receive COPD or pneumonia treatment at these nationally recognized hospitals have a lower risk of dying.

Healthgrades is the leading online resource for helping consumers make informed healthcare choices regarding doctors and facilities. Each year, Healthgrades evaluates approximately 4,500 hospitals and healthcare systems on their performances on the most common inpatient procedures and conditions. For each hospital, Healthgrades assigns an overall score for each specialty area based on hospital performance. The top 5% or 10% of hospitals within each specialty area are recognized as Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award™ recipients, as measured by lowest risk-adjusted mortality and complication scores.