Ohio State Wexner Medical Center among nation's best for 25th straight year

by Garry Watts August 10, 2017, 0:08
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center among nation's best for 25th straight year

"Covering almost every hospital in every U.S. community, U.S. News offers deep, rich data that patients can use to help them make informed decisions about where to receive surgical or medical treatment", said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News.

Johns Hopkins Hospital moved up to third from fourth in the latest rankings of American hospitals by U.S. News and World Report, but fell short of reclaiming the top spot it once held for 22 years. The Iowa City-based hospital also nationally ranked among the best in five adult care specialties.

Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau was ranked No.4 in the state; St. Mary's Hospital in Madison was ranked No. 5; and Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center tied for No. 6 with Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

Since Gianrico Farrugia arrived as CEO in Jacksonville in 2015, the Mayo Clinic committed to spend more than $300 million on construction, essentially doubling the medical center's square footage with the goal of doubling the number of patients who can be seen. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center received a high- performing rating in hip replacements.

This year, 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. This is the seventh time KU hospital's geriatrics care have made the list.

The U.'s Ears, Nose & Throat Clinic achieved the highest ranking of any specialty in the state, coming in at No. 18 after being unranked past year.

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Among hospitals in Iowa, UI Health Care again earned the top spot, according to the 2017-18 U.S. News report. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago was named the nation's best hospital for rehabilitation.

"The 50-point spread between our closest peer group that was (tightly grouped) at No. 2-4 was what really jumped out at me", Noseworthy said.

Updated for 2017-18, U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators. It has one ranked adult specialty, ear, nose and throat, which ranks 37th. The data-driven rankings are compiled through a combination of performance measures and physician surveys.

Fellow KNI co-director Linda Van Eldik, who also is director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, was pleased with national rankings in Neurology and Neurosurgery as well as Geriatrics.

"Patients still have to do their own research and talk with their doctors", U.S. News advises consumers on its website. "It is a real honor to be ranked so high among illustrious hospitals across the country".


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