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VOL. 126 | NO. 142 | Friday, July 22, 2011

Local Hospitals Nab US News Rankings

By Aisling Maki

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U.S. News & World Report this week released its 2011-2012 Best Hospitals Rankings, which includes hospitals in nearly 100 of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas.

Methodist Hospitals of Memphis ranked No. 1 in the Memphis metro area in the recently released U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital Rankings.
(Memphis Daily News File Photo)

Of the 25 hospitals in the Memphis metropolitan area, Methodist, Le Bonheur, St. Jude and Baptist Memorial took the top honors.

This year’s hospital rankings covered nearly twice as many cities as U.S. News has covered in the past, and looked at more than 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. To be included in the metro area report, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one medical specialty.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which treats children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses from around the world, ranked No. 3 nationally for pediatric cancer.

Methodist Hospitals of Memphis ranked No. 1 in the Memphis metropolitan area.

Nationally, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis ranked in one adult and four pediatric specialties, with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital included in the hospital’s specialty rankings.

For adult care, Methodist ranked No. 29 in orthopedics, placing it in less than 3 percent of the hospitals analyzed to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.

For pediatric care, Methodist Le Bonheur ranked No. 25 in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, No. 28 in pediatric orthopedics, No. 37 in pediatric nephrology and No. 46 in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery.

Methodist was also named “high performing,” or performing nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals, in 10 specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; and urology.

Under a federal program, the majority of U.S. hospitals now ask recently discharged patients to rate their stay. In a year’s worth of surveys, 71 percent of Methodist Le Bonheur patients said they’d definitely recommend the hospitals to family and friends, putting Methodist slightly ahead of the state and national average response, each 68 percent.

Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis ranked No. 2 in the Memphis metropolitan area, and was recognized as high performing in four specialties: gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonology.

In patient surveys collected over a one-year period, 73 percent of respondents said they would definitely recommend Baptist Memphis to a friend or relative.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto was recognized as high performing in gastroenterology.

“We work every day to offer advanced health care to our patients,” Baptist DeSoto administrator and CEO James Huffman said in a statement. “We are honored physicians surveyed across the country picked Baptist DeSoto as one of the top hospitals as ranked by reputation, patient safety, quality of care, and rate of success.”

For the full report, visit www.health.usnews.com.

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