Six East Valley hospitals were identified in U.S. News & World Report’s Phoenix-metropolitan area Best Hospitals rankings, available online at

The rankings recognize 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

East Valley Banner hospitals receiving high-performing specialty distinctions include Banner Desert Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital and Banner Baywood Medical Center, all in Mesa, as well as Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert. Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, both members of Catholic Healthcare West, also received high-performing specialty distinctions.

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