A national health-care rating firm has named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals.

Akron General was the only Akron-area hospital recognized in the HealthGrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals, released this month.

Aultman Hospital in Canton was recognized as among the nation’s top 100 hospitals by HealthGrades, which expanded the list this year.

HealthGrades researchers analyzed 12 years of Medicare data covering 26 common diagnoses to determine the top hospitals. The conditions covered everything from bowel obstruction and pulmonary embolism to heart attack and pneumonia.

Those hospitals recognized by HealthGrades had mortality and complication rates that placed them in the top 5 percent of all hospitals nationwide, according to a news release.

Other Ohio hospitals in the top 50 were Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights and South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights

“As our nation seeks to elevate the quality of care at all hospitals, these elite facilities provide a road map for success,” Dr. Arshad Rahim, HealthGrades director of accelerated clinical excellence, said in a news release. “Consumers increasingly are demanding greater transparency and quality when selecting health-care providers. These hospitals are delivering.”

The complete list is available online at www.health?grades.com.

Diabetes fair

Mercy Medical Center in Canton is hosting its 11th Diabetes Health and Equipment fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Mercy Hall Auditorium.

The free event will include blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing, foot scans, orthotic screenings, spinal screenings and other services.

Information will be available about insulin pumps, glucose meters, nutrition and weight management. Prizes, product samples and refreshments will be offered.

For information, call Debra Shaw at 330-489-1484.

STD searches spike

Temperatures aren’t the only thing spiking this spring.

During spring break season each year, more computer users search online for information about sexually transmitted diseases (STD), according to the online search engine Yahoo.

According to Yahoo, STD-related searches that spike each March include “symptoms of STDs,” “types of STDs,” “preventing STDs,” “incurable STDs” and “How soon can you detect STD?”

About one in four of the STD-related searches is by someone 18 to 24 years old, according to Yahoo.

The top-searched sexually transmitted disease of the month is herpes.

Cheryl Powell can be reached at 330-996-3902 or chpowell@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow Powell on Twitter at twitter.com/abjcherylpowell.