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July 20, 2010- DMC Harper University Hospital Ranks among America’s Top Hospitals

The Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital has earned top rankings for patient-care excellence in the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” assessment of more than 1,700 U.S. medical facilities.     

The newly released U.S. News hospital ratings, widely regarded as a standard of excellence in patient care, listed DMC Harper among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for delivering outstanding care to patients in gynecology, cardiology, pulmonary and the neurosciences.

DMC Harper University Hospital ranked 30th among U.S. hospitals in neurological care, and 44th in heart and heart surgery services. Those rankings (along with a 43rd in gynecology and a 40th in pulmonary care) put Harper ahead of most other hospitals in the Midwest as a center of patient-care excellence.

DMC Harper University Hospital President and CEO Thomas Malone, M.D., said the high rankings in neuroscience and cardiology were encouraging as neuroscience and cardiovascular medicine are centers of excellence at Harper.  “We’ve felt for some time that these programs were world class as they attract patients from around the country so it’s nice to see them recognized by U.S. News.”

“The new rankings in gynecology and pulmonary are not surprising as both programs have strong national reputations.  It was just a matter of time before they were finally recognized. I am truly proud of the multidisciplinary model of care that continues to provide outstanding clinical outcomes.”

The “Best Hospitals 2010-11” report by U.S. News rated patient care in 16 specialties, including cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear nose, and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics, gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonary; rehabilitation; rheumatology and urology.

Available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S. News & World Report, the survey will hit newsstands on July 27.

“We are pleased that the clinical accomplishments of our neurologists and neurosurgeons, who are also virtually all members of the WSU faculty practice plan, continue to be recognized over several years,” states Dr. Robert Lisak, chair of the Neurology program at the DMC.  “We offer cutting edge and compassionate care to patients with what are often complicated and debilitating illnesses.”

 The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data in areas such as “death rates,” “procedure volume” and “balance of nurses and patients,” according to the magazine.  In the four remaining specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology – hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.


“Our recognition by U.S. News reflects our growing reputation as the world's most experienced program in high-risk catheter intervention with circulatory support for patients with advanced coronary or valvular heart disease,” claims Dr Theodore Schreiber, president, DMC Cardiovascular Institute.


“The DMC Cardiovascular Institute is nationally recognized for our unique Cardio Team One™ program for the emergency treatment of heart attack patients. Compared to the rest of US hospitals, our on site 24/7/365 interventional team has achieved unprecedented and unmatched rapid and safe results for heart attack victims, with restoration of blood flow routinely within an average of 45 minutes after hospital arrival. The national goal of 90 minutes or less is currently only achieved by less than a third of programs nationwide!”     

To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds . . . along with the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility (such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision-radiation therapies). 


“Chronic respiratory disease is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. Our success reflects the development of comprehensive pulmonary services, the emphasis on best practices and patient-centered care,” states Dr. Safwan Badr, chief of pulmonary services at Harper University Hospital, executive vice president and chief medical officer at the DMC.

“When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out.”

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