Published on March 13, 2021

Firelands Ranked Among Ohio's Top Independent Hospitals by Newsweek

Newsweek's World's Best Hospitals 2021

(Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it made the Newsweek World’s Best Hospitals 2021 list. Firelands was among 22 other Ohio hospitals and is one of only three single-hospital independent health systems in Ohio to make the prestigious list.

World’s Best Hospitals 2021 recognizes 2,000 of the best medical institutions across 25 countries. According to Newsweek, the list was created to help patients find the best care in their area, as well as serve as a benchmark for other hospital networks to measure their performances. “We are honored to be included on Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2021 list,” said Jeremy Normington-Slay, President and CEO of Firelands Regional Health System. “This accolade recognizes the commitment and dedication of Firelands’ Board of Directors, physicians, and employees, as well as the health system’s state-of-the-art technology. It is a privilege and an honor for me to serve such an amazing group of professionals.”

Firelands was also recognized for its infection prevention measures. “I am proud of the work we have done to keep our patients, guests and associates safe through our infection prevention efforts,” stated Dr. Michael Blank, Infectious Disease Specialist at Firelands Regional Health System. “It truly takes a village to achieve high ratings in infection prevention, and I would like to thank all Firelands associates for their dedication.”

Newsweek, in partnership with Statista Inc., a global data research firm, based its rankings on three data sources:

  • Hospital recommendations from peers: over 74,000 medical experts were invited to participate in an online survey, including doctors, hospital managers, and health care professionals
  • Patient experience: analysis of data obtained by patient satisfaction surveys, including recommendation of hospital, satisfaction with medical care, and general satisfaction with hospital
  • Medical KPIs on hospitals: key performance indicators were collected, such as mortality, hospital readmission rates, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging

For details on the criteria that was used, and view hospitals included in the list, go to


Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center, and accredited by the Health Facilities Accreditation Program. The medical center is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is one of the largest hospital-based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. For more information about Firelands, visit

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