The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) now has three hospitals that rank among the nation's best. Harper University Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital have been recognized as tops in three medical specialties (cardiac, gastrointestinal and neurology), according to the 2009 "America's Best Hospitals" survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition follows an announcement last month that Children’s Hospital of Michigan received top national honors from the publication.
This year, DMC Harper University Hospital made its first appearance on the Heart and Heart Surgery list, following the introduction last year of the innovative onsite cardiac response team, Cardio Team One. For the third consecutive year, Harper also ranked as a top 50 hospital in neurology & neurosurgery.
DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital moved up three spots from #40 in 2008 to #37 in neurology & neurosurgery and made its third consecutive appearance as a top 50 hospital for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
"Providing quality care for the patients we serve is our top priority at the DMC," said Mike Duggan, President and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. "We are proud of the commitment and expertise of our physicians, nurses and staff and we are also proud to be the only healthcare system in the Midwest with two nationally-ranked neuroscience programs."
DMC Harper University Hospital’s neurosciences program continues to make dramatic strides in the treatment and management of neurological diseases and disorders and offers more neurosurgery options than most hospitals in the nation.
"We have assembled the best possible team of interventional cardiologists in the country to meet the needs of our cardiac patients 24-hours a day, 365 days a year," said Thomas A. Malone, M.D., MBA, president of DMC Harper University Hospital. "The specialists on staff at Harper are in the 99th percentile of cardiologists in the United States. We are proud of this recognition, but even more proud of the work we do to save lives every day."
"We have made great strides at Sinai-Grace and I am excited that we have received this national recognition for the care we provide our patients," explained Conrad Mallett, Jr., president of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital. "The gastrointestinal and neurology departments, lead by our phenomenal team, have proven once again that national excellence exists right here in our community. Tremendous quality and great care can and must be provided to every one, every day, every time.
"We are proud of our physicians, nurses and the entire Sinai-Grace team. The specialists in our gastrointestinal, neurology and neurosurgery areas, for which we were recognized, are clearly among the best clinicians in the nation. Some of the best physicians and nurses in the country work here at Sinai-Grace."
Today’s recognition follows the announcement last month that US News had once again ranked DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan as one of the America’s top Children’s hospitals for cancer, heart and heart surgery. Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in Michigan to have ranked in neurology and neurosurgery and urology.
The 2009 America’s Best Hospitals guide ranks 170 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. U.S. News’s 2009 publication of America’s Best Hospitals is accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Tuesday, July 21.
US News and World Report Methodology
The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties--all but ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--are predominantly driven by hard data. There are four components: reputation, death rate, patient safety (new this year), and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:
1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that it must meet any of three conditions: be a teaching hospital; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.
2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume of certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated by at least one physician in the last three years of our annual specialist survey.
3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, patient safety, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.
In the four other specialties--ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--ranking is based solely on nominations from the three most recent physician surveys.
The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutes, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and DMC Surgery Hospital.
Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education.
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