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July 16, 2013- DMC achieves multiple rankings in U.S. News & World Report
 
   
Detroit Medical Center (DMC) hospitals are once again taking honors in multiple specialties and overall quality in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2013-14.

 

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals report, now in its 24th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients, and is widely regarded as a standard of excellence in patient care.

Death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were a few of the factors considered. Only 148 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties, DMC Harper University Hospital is among those institutions that met that performance standard. DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital all received high honors in multiple specialties.

"We are pleased to be recognized again by U.S. News and World Report. These rankings exemplify the depth of the quality and specialty care that patients receive every day at our hospitals which would not be possible without our world-class team of physicians and clinical staff," said CEO Joe Mullany, Detroit Medical Center.

DMC Harper University Hospital

is nationally ranked again this year in Neurology & Neurosurgery (#21) up significantly from last year’s ranking (#34) and is ranked (#24) in Pulmonology, again up significantly from last year (#43).  

In addition to Harper University Hospital’s national rankings, the hospital ranked #3 in the Metro Detroit area, #4 in Michigan and recognized as one of the best hospitals in Southeastern Michigan.

DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital 

ranked #7 in the Metro Detroit area, #9 in Michigan and recognized as one of the best hospitals in Southeastern Michigan. 

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital 

ranked #11 in the Metro Detroit area, #14 in Michigan and recognized as one of the best hospitals in Southeastern Michigan. 

DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital 

ranked #12 in the Metro Detroit area, #16 in Michigan and recognized as one of the best hospitals in Southeastern Michigan. 

DMC Harper University Hospital, DMC Sinai- Grace Hospital, DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital all were ranked High Performing in several specialty areas. These honors are on the heels of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan being awarded last month in seven pediatric specialties in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Best Children's Hospital rankings.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International; a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.


WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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