50+ Reasons to Protect Patient Care

Your stories. Our Heroes.

Through the years, we’ve gathered your stories about all the amazing things Hospital Heroes have done — from delivering our babies, to keeping us healthy, and saving our lives. Despite this essential patient care, Congress continues to cut hospital funding — which has already been cut by $158.1 billion since 2010.

Take a look at the work done by Hospital Heroes in your state and all across the country. Then, share your story so we can continue to show our elected officials the many reasons why we need to protect patient care.

Alabama

Alabama

I had a stage two tumor discovered in my colon in 2009. The doctors and nurses at East Alabama Medical Center and the Mercy Clinic saved my life.

James B.

Opelika, Alabama

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The facts about Alabama hospitals

96

Total community hospitals

68,620

Total full-time staff

632,358

Total admissions

57,863

Total births
per year

Zenko Hrynkiw

Walking miles in a raging snowstorm, helping motorists along the road, THEN performing life-saving brain surgery—all in a day's work for this Hospital Hero.

Read Zenko's Story

Alaska

Alaska

I was inpatient at UC Davis Medical Center Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the nurses helped me so much. They work hard and I'm thankful to have met each one of them.

Michelle K.

Anchorage, Alaska

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The facts about Alaska hospitals

22

Total community hospitals

9,228

Total full-time staff

53,386

Total admissions

8,985

Total births
per year

Arizona

Arizona

I had a heart event and was immediately admitted to the emergency room, given relevant tests over the next two days, then received a stent in the state of the art operating room. I am so grateful and hope hospitals can continue to help all of us in times of need.

Maryrose D.

Tuscon, Arizona

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The facts about Arizona hospitals

72

Total community hospitals

70,075

Total full-time staff

624,898

Total admissions

74,217

Total births
per year

Arkansas

Arkansas

When my son was 10 months old, he had a severe bowel obstruction that was life-threatening. I'll always be grateful to the doctors and Children's Hospital in Little Rock, AR for saving my son's life.

Rebecca O.

Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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The facts about Arkansas hospitals

81

Total community hospitals

39,819

Total full-time staff

344,635

Total admissions

35,407

Total births
per year

California

California

I fell and broke my hip while hiking. Due to the excellent care at Cottage Hospital, I was able to recover and thrive.

Margaret M.

Santa Barbara, California

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The facts about California hospitals

344

Total community hospitals

364,859

Total full-time staff

3,184,754

Total admissions

471,877

Total births
per year

Kenneth Mullen

From working to build relationships, to volunteering, to establishing medical protocols for local homeless shelters, Kenneth is going above and beyond at the hospital his father founded.

Read Kenneth's Story

Colorado

Colorado

In the last three years my family has had emergency care at Mercy Hospital over a dozen times. I know when my family is there, they are in good hands.

Bernadette E.

Cortez, Colorado

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The facts about Colorado hospitals

82

Total community hospitals

56,284

Total full-time staff

413,537

Total admissions

60,944

Total births
per year

Dr. David Horst

When you work with newborns, the best moments are always the simple ones.

Read David's Story

Connecticut

Connecticut

I made it to 28 weeks and gave birth to a two and a half pound baby girl. My nurses were my lifeline, and my baby girl is now 9 years old and has no residual problems.

Kim H.

Guilford, Connecticut

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The facts about Connecticut hospitals

32

Total community hospitals

43,917

Total full-time staff

376,644

Total admissions

36,730

Total births
per year

Maria Batick

As the unit’s Business Associate, Maria makes it her mission to provide comfort and stress relief for patients and their families.

Read Maria's Story

Delaware

Delaware

I would like to thank you for your help with my concerns about my back. Each of you is a link in the chain that makes the system work. I am very grateful for each and every one of you.

Patr B.

Wilmington, Deleware

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The facts about Delaware hospitals

7

Total community hospitals

15,712

Total full-time staff

105,109

Total admissions

11,201

Total births
per year

Florida

Florida

I suffered a stroke on the right side of my brain, and I can state unequivocally that my recovery and rehabilitation have been exceptional. This would not have been possible without the highly professional and committed care I received by Florida hospital staff.

Marc T.

New Port Richey, Florida

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The facts about Florida hospitals

211

Total community hospitals

234,719

Total full-time staff

2,473,183

Total admissions

196,237

Total births
per year

Bryan Sinnott

Bryan Sinnott spends his days fitting and fabricating prosthetics that allow kids to walk and run.

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Georgia

Georgia

The doctors and support staff at Southeast Regional Hospital are always encouraging, thoughtful, and progressive in their treatment. I have every confidence I am on my way to a full recovery.

Sonda W.

Fayetteville, Georgia

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The facts about Georgia hospitals

142

Total community hospitals

117,568

Total full-time staff

941,742

Total admissions

121,828

Total births
per year

Harold Oglesby

Role model, innovator, motivator, wonderful person: these are just a few of the ways those who work alongside Harold describe him. From his compassionate approach to patient care, to his volunteerism around the world, Harold exemplifies what being a Hospital Hero means!

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Beyond all the medical expertise that has saved my granddaughter's life, there are many small things to thank the nurses for, like tiny bows in her hair, the special outfits, and more.

Louise S.

Honolulu, Hawaii

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The facts about Hawaii hospitals

25

Total community hospitals

15,011

Total full-time staff

109,311

Total admissions

10,626

Total births
per year

Andi Kubota

Mahealani R. tells us, “Andi inspires stewardship and service in us all, and is an example for all leadership to follow.” Her commitment to care goes beyond her formal duties of leading staff. From mentoring, to volunteering, to starting overnight camps to help myelodysplasia and arthritis patients better understand their conditions, Andi dedicates herself to patient health and wellbeing with all her heart. Thank you, Andi!

Read Andi's Story

Idaho

Idaho

I found out I had 3 blood clots in my left lung. My doctors were able to find start treatment within a couple hours. I owe so much to them and the nurses there that day.

Bambi S.

Mountain Home AFB, Idaho

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The facts about Idaho hospitals

40

Total community hospitals

23,357

Total full-time staff

121,728

Total admissions

19,845

Total births
per year

Illinois

Illinois

I broke my back and had three surgeries. I will always remember someone with caring and kind hands guiding me through the toughest journey of my life.

Eva B.

Aurora, Illinois

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The facts about Illinois hospitals

189

Total community hospitals

170,080

Total full-time staff

1,380,085

Total admissions

147,464

Total births
per year

Atundra Horne

Atundra makes house calls to help community members recovering from injuries and illnesses.

Read Atundra's Story

Indiana

Indiana

Without the care I received at IU Health Methodist Hospital, I wouldn't have lived to see so many things, like the family growing with babies, graduations, birthdays, etc.

Carolyn B.

Linton, Indiana

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The facts about Indiana hospitals

121

Total community hospitals

86,732

Total full-time staff

681,537

Total admissions

72,348

Total births
per year

Iowa

Iowa

I was hospitalized for a month with a post-op infection. My nurses were instrumental in my post-surgical care with daily dressing changes. They went above and beyond in taking care of me.

Patricia C.

Iowa Falls, Iowa

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The facts about Iowa hospitals

118

Total community hospitals

45,734

Total full-time staff

318,999

Total admissions

39,101

Total births
per year

Roger Sandhorst

Through snowstorms, power outages, broken pipes, and more, Roger lead his team and made it possible for medical staff to provide the highest quality care for patients.

Read Roger's Story

Kansas

Kansas

My son was involved in a life-threatening automobile accident. Columbia University Hospital and its talented and caring medical providers saved his life.

Andrea H.

Lawrence, Kansas

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The facts about Kansas hospitals

133

Total community hospitals

40,854

Total full-time staff

296,085

Total admissions

38,189

Total births
per year

Bryan Coffey

Bryan is leading his hospital toward a brighter future for staff and patients alike.

Read Bryan's Story

Kentucky

Kentucky

Open-heart surgery saved my life. I stand in awe of the way a medical community carried out a 6 1/2 hour operation, a true modern miracle.

Glenn H.

Louisville, Kentucky

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The facts about Kentucky hospitals

104

Total community hospitals

61,865

Total full-time staff

558,430

Total admissions

52,786

Total births
per year

Louisiana

Louisiana

I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. The staff at Louisiana State University Hospital and Feist Weiller Cancer Center not only took care of my physical ailments, but helped with emotional and financial issues as well.

Lisa S.

Leesville, Louisiana

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The facts about Louisiana hospitals

122

Total community hospitals

72,928

Total full-time staff

561,930

Total admissions

70,969

Total births
per year

Mary McCormick

A former patient explains why she nominated Dr. McCormick as a Hospital Hero.

Read Mary's Story

Maine

Maine

I have spent most of my 49 years in the hospital. But you never give up on trying to make me comfortable and I can't tell you how much that means to me.

Phyllis N.

Yarmouth, Maine

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The facts about Maine hospitals

35

Total community hospitals

25,520

Total full-time staff

135,001

Total admissions

11,495

Total births
per year

Donna C.

Donna's 40+ years of inpatient assistant nursing are critical to her hospital.

Read Donna's Story

Maryland

Maryland

The hospital staff were all so gentle and kind when our children had norovirus. Thank you for taking the fear away.

Stephanie K.

Abingdon, Maryland

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The facts about Maryland hospitals

50

Total community hospitals

78,634

Total full-time staff

609,185

Total admissions

65,730

Total births
per year

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Doctors, nurses, recovery room, lab techs, and everyone who works so hard to make a hospital run. They are and will always be my medical heroes.

Maureen V.

Norwood, Massachusetts

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The facts about Massachusetts hospitals

79

Total community hospitals

114,832

Total full-time staff

754,971

Total admissions

69,068

Total births
per year

Joe Currier

When Dr. Currier heard about Rosalia, a young Bolivian girl who’d been savagely attacked by dogs, he sprang to action. A true Hospital Hero, he worked to transport Rosalia and her father to Boston Children’s hospital, and hosted them in his home as she recovered.

Read Joe's Story

Michigan

Michigan

I had my gallbladder removed and I'm very grateful for the care I received. It's important that hospitals in small towns be equipped to offer this care.

Robert M.

Union City, Michigan

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The facts about Michigan hospitals

148

Total community hospitals

149,877

Total full-time staff

1,125,043

Total admissions

106,127

Total births
per year

Dr. Justin Bright

“Dr. Bright and the ER team are great, and I recommend them to anyone in the neighborhood in medical distress.”

Read Justin's Story

Minnesota

Minnesota

The medical staff at United Hospital was so kind, efficient, compassionate, supportive, and attentive. Thanks to them I recovered quickly.

Janice H.

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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The facts about Minnesota hospitals

131

Total community hospitals

80,627

Total full-time staff

548,360

Total admissions

66,960

Total births
per year

Gail Brottman, MD

Dr. Brottman works in and out of the hospital to help parents manage their kids’ asthma and keep her community healthy.

Read Dr. Brottman's Story

Mississippi

Mississippi

A hospital worker at Rush Hospital let me cry and unburden myself on her shoulder. I cannot thank her enough!

Nekita G.

Starkville, Mississippi

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The facts about Mississippi hospitals

97

Total community hospitals

46,299

Total full-time staff

373,189

Total admissions

37,543

Total births
per year

Missouri

Missouri

The caring people at the hospital have the patience to see me through to better days.

Dinah H.

Springfield, Missouri

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The facts about Missouri hospitals

122

Total community hospitals

104,705

Total full-time staff

779,774

Total admissions

74,548

Total births
per year

Montana

Montana

A nurse approached me in the NICU. He was kind but firm, it was time for me to dress my baby. I was terrified, but it was the start of my confidence in myself as a mother.

Marcia

Cut Bank, Montana

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The facts about Montana hospitals

50

Total community hospitals

16,486

Total full-time staff

92,687

Total admissions

10,613

Total births
per year

Nebraska

Nebraska

My cancer was discovered early on and I was lucky to have good doctors and a hospital where the procedure saved my life. I am not able to do most anything I could do before.

William G.

Lancaster, Nebraska

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The facts about Nebraska hospitals

89

Total community hospitals

27,336

Total full-time staff

195,869

Total admissions

26,037

Total births
per year

Joann Hain

Joann exemplifies the special impact Hospital Heroes can have on their patients every day.

Read Joann's Story

Nevada

Nevada

Thank you for the multiple times I have been transported to your ER doors in need of immediate care. I am forever grateful for your presence in my community.

Lori S.

Reno, Nevada

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The facts about Nevada hospitals

37

Total community hospitals

22,654

Total full-time staff

256,223

Total admissions

23,860

Total births
per year

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

I have had 16 major surgeries including two for a ruptured brain aneurysm. I am only here now due to remarkable hospitals filled with remarkable people.

Robert H.

Hampton, New Hampshire

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The facts about New Hampshire hospitals

28

Total community hospitals

22,877

Total full-time staff

117,327

Total admissions

13,516

Total births
per year

New Jersey

New Jersey

Princeton University Hospital was there for me through my stay after having surgery, and the doctors and nurses treated me like family.

Carmen D.

Middlesex, New Jersey

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The facts about New Jersey hospitals

75

Total community hospitals

99,374

Total full-time staff

970,436

Total admissions

99,550

Total births
per year

Alice Farrell, MSN, RN, CEN

Whether saving a man with sepsis or focusing on the emotional side of medicine, Chief Nursing Officer Alice Farrell always leads her team to higher levels of excellence.

Read Alice's Story

New Mexico

New Mexico

The nurse went out of her way to talk to my husband. It made all the difference in the world. I would like to thank her for being so perceptive and kind.

Rebecca W.

Los Cerillos, New Mexico

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The facts about New Mexico hospitals

37

Total community hospitals

21,683

Total full-time staff

174,429

Total admissions

22,664

Total births
per year

Dr. Margaret Vining

While providing end-of-life care for patients, a unique combination of empathy and patient trust sets Dr. Vining apart.

Read Margaret's Story

New York

New York

I had to go to the hospital for the first time in my life a few weeks ago. I would like to thank the wonderful people who helped me through a tough time.

Philip P.

Queens, New York

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The facts about New York hospitals

174

Total community hospitals

349,101

Total full-time staff

2,278,459

Total admissions

231,715

Total births
per year

Dr. Jo Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D

Dr. Hannafin is a Hospital Hero, not just for conducting cutting-edge research and being one of the top doctors in the country, but also for being a trailblazer for women in medicine.

Read Dr. Jo's Story.

North Carolina

North Carolina

The doctors and staff at UNC Hospitals always have time to deal with my questions. Even in the busy ER, I got excellent service.

Judy D.

Durham, North Carolina

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The facts about North Carolina hospitals

116

Total community hospitals

138,906

Total full-time staff

995,842

Total admissions

114,799

Total births
per year

North Dakota

North Dakota

Thank you for all the hard work you all do.

Jesus G.

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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The facts about North Dakota hospitals

40

Total community hospitals

15,290

Total full-time staff

92,692

Total admissions

12,561

Total births
per year

Ohio

Ohio

I have hundreds of stories about how the nurses, cleaning people, and more at OSU have been so kind.

Pamela G.

Canal Winchester, Ohio

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The facts about Ohio hospitals

182

Total community hospitals

206,879

Total full-time staff

1,433,894

Total admissions

130,762

Total births
per year

Andrew Schamess

In just two years, the OSU Health at Home program Dr. Schamess helped launch has reduced hospitalizations and ER visits among his patients by nearly 50%.

Read Andrew's Story

Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Thank you for setting my 7-year-old son's arm in the middle of the night and offering him a teddy bear.

R. R.

Cleveland, Oklahoma

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The facts about Oklahoma hospitals

114

Total community hospitals

45,097

Total full-time staff

393,816

Total admissions

51,509

Total births
per year

Oregon

Oregon

I want to thank the teams of caregivers who took the time to give their best for each member of my extended family through the years, especially my aging parents.

Kathryn A.

Portland, Oregon

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The facts about Oregon hospitals

59

Total community hospitals

41,277

Total full-time staff

330,065

Total admissions

42,741

Total births
per year

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Two nurses at Reading Hospital and Medical Center actually cried to see me sitting up in bed. Although they were strangers to me, I became aware of how well the staff cared for me.

Kate P.

Summit Station, Pennsylvania

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The facts about Pennsylvania hospitals

185

Total community hospitals

207,519

Total full-time staff

1,584,798

Total admissions

129,936

Total births
per year

Dr. Carey Andrew-Jaja

Dr. Andrew-Jaja has welcomed thousands of babies into the world using the gift of song. His mantra is, "confront every encounter with a smile on your face and a song in your heart." We are thrilled to spotlight his efforts to bring these words to life with every baby he delivers!

Read Carey's Story

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

I would like to thank you for all your hard work, dedication, and compassion in all that you do for others.

Michael G.

Little Compton, Rhode Island

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The facts about Rhode Island hospitals

11

Total community hospitals

12,271

Total full-time staff

110,848

Total admissions

11,363

Total births
per year

South Carolina

South Carolina

All the staff was so wonderful to me. When I had to stay an extra three days they were unbelieveable.

Bobbie D.

Camden, South Carolina

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The facts about South Carolina hospitals

70

Total community hospitals

61,512

Total full-time staff

498,690

Total admissions

53,437

Total births
per year

South Dakota

South Dakota

Two doctors saved my life 22 years ago. I have not had any problems with my heart since they performed the surgery.”=

Pat R.

Emery, South Dakota

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The facts about South Dakota hospitals

53

Total community hospitals

15,958

Total full-time staff

99,928

Total admissions

12,880

Total births
per year

Tennessee

Tennessee

I had a wonderful nurse in the ICU unit. I appreciate the time she took to talk to my husband as well as the gentle care she gave to me.

Lisa B.

White Pine, Tennessee

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The facts about Tennessee hospitals

125

Total community hospitals

93,018

Total full-time staff

818,379

Total admissions

67,013

Total births
per year

Mary Visceglia

From biopsy, to diagnosis, surgery, remission, and everything in between, Mary — or “our Mary” as her patients call her—is a constant, caring presence.

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Texas

Texas

I sent each of the staff a personalized thank you card. I would not be alive today if it had not been for these professionals.

David A.

Dallas, Texas

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The facts about Texas hospitals

417

Total community hospitals

288,697

Total full-time staff

2,515,174

Total admissions

390,702

Total births
per year

Don Klusmann

Don Klusmann, known as the Baby Whisperer, has devoted nearly 20 years of his life to volunteering at hospitals. He comforts the tiny babies in the NICU, providing peace of mind to nurses and patients alike.

Read Don's Story.

Utah

Utah

I want to personally thank the nurses, doctors, and caregivers at University of Utah Hospital for their selfless acts of kindness that they give every day.

Nikoal P.

Salt Lake City, UT

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The facts about Utah hospitals

47

Total community hospitals

29,229

Total full-time staff

228,979

Total admissions

48,337

Total births
per year

Vermont

Vermont

A nurse gets my special thanks for being the most caring nurse I know. I cannot express how much her caring and helpful attitude can brighten anyone's stay at Porter Medical Center!

Doreen H.

Windsor, VT

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The facts about Vermont hospitals

14

Total community hospitals

11,026

Total full-time staff

45,964

Total admissions

5,557

Total births
per year

Virginia

Virginia

I was fortunate enough to have a pancreas/kidney transplant. Each step of the way has been nothing short of exceptional.

Pamela N.

Lynchburg, Virginia

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The facts about Virginia hospitals

93

Total community hospitals

85,289

Total full-time staff

775,015

Total admissions

92,449

Total births
per year

Washington

Washington

Providence St. Peters Hospital was very accommodating during my stay. They allowed my spouse to bring my service dog into my hospital room every day.

Michelle F.

Olympia, Washington

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The facts about Washington hospitals

90

Total community hospitals

74,225

Total full-time staff

576,655

Total admissions

80,429

Total births
per year

Dr. Vicki Macy, MD

Dr. Vicki Macy is ahead of her time. She’s the first woman to complete the OB-GYN residency at the University of Utah, and one of the first female OB-GYNs in the state of Utah. As a pioneer for women in medicine, she’s delivered more than 9,000 babies, including multiple generations in several families. We spoke with her recently to learn how she got there and what motivated her along the way.

Read Dr. Macy's Story.

West Virginia

West Virginia

The staff at West Virginia University Ruby Memorial Hospital is wonderful. They were prompt, friendly, and took their time to teach and answer questions.

Patricia L.

Oak Hill, West Virginia

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The facts about West Virginia hospitals

54

Total community hospitals

35,039

Total full-time staff

256,571

Total admissions

20,447

Total births
per year

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

My daughter had a massive seizure. The fantastic staff of doctors, nurses, and specialists were so wonderful, helpful, understanding, and caring.

Aleasa C.

Stoughton, Wisconsin

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The facts about Wisconsin hospitals

129

Total community hospitals

63,551

Total full-time staff

551,398

Total admissions

64,433

Total births
per year

Wyoming

Wyoming

The facts about Wyoming hospitals

23

Total community hospitals

7,895

Total full-time staff

41,415

Total admissions

6,506

Total births
per year