Chilean hospitals excel in regional ranking

Sent to nearly 200 leading hospitals throughout the region, the detailed questionnaire covered six categories, including patient safety and human capital.

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Two private clinics in Santiago are among the top five hospitals in Latin America, according to an independent ranking compiled by business magazine AméricaEconomía.

Clínica Alemana in the upscale Vitacura district was named the second best hospital in the region, while the nearby Clínica Las Condes placed fourth.

The list was based on a comprehensive survey sent to 190 public, private and university hospitals that provide a wide range of specialty services and treatment options.

More than 40 healthcare centers from 12 Latin American countries responded to the voluntary questionnaire, which was then evaluated by the AméricaEconomía team.

Topping the survey for the second year in a row was Brazil’s Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein de São Paulo, with an overall ranking of 94.05, closely followed by Chile’s Clínica Alemana, which achieved a score of 90.70.

Making up the top five hospitals in the survey were Colombia’s Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá, with a score of 85.27, Clínica Las Condes (83.63) and Costa Rica’s Clínica Bíblica de San José (77.34).

Now in its third year, the Latin American hospital survey measures six key criteria in deciding which healthcare centers are the best in the region.

The two areas that carry the highest weighting are patient dignity and safety, which considers factors such as health outcomes, transparency and risk management, along with human capital, which measures the quality of hospital staff and management.

The other factors that go into the ranking include hospital capacity, knowledge management and research application, efficiency and overall prestige. Chile’s Clínica Alemana achieved a perfect score of 100 in the areas of human capital and prestige.

Other hospital stand outs from Chile included the Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile, which placed 16th,  Hospital Sótero del Río, which was 30th, and Hospital Padre Hurtado, which ranked 45th.