There is only one major source that provides credible ongoing analysis of hospitals. It is Medicare, which as the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities, often pays many of the big bills.

As part of its informational services, reports on evaluations of hospitals based on queries of patients. For the last several years, the Louisiana Life editorial staff has sifted through the data and created a one-of-a-kind list that demonstrates the state’s hospitals according to locality. To qualify for this list, at least 60 percent of the patients queried had to give the hospital a top overall ranking of 9 or 10.

These are the top general service hospitals as seen through the eyes of those who have experienced them firsthand — the patients. Please note that several hospitals in the state did not have any information available on Medicare’s website and therefore could not qualify to be on the list.
– Compiled by Sarah Ravits