Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a general grouping of respiratory conditions, most often characterized by difficulty breathing, coughing and limited airflow in the lungs, among other symptoms. This award recognizes hospitals for superior outcomes in treating chronic COPD.

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. Star ratings are an evaluation of the hospital’s actual performance as compared to the predicted performance for that hospital based on a specific risk-adjustment model applied to that hospital.