UPMC Presby, Children's Hospital Ranked Among Best In Nation

Aaron Brown
August 10, 2017

Most of the procedures and conditions at Carlisle Regional Medical Center were rated as average, except for abdominal aortic aneurysm and fix and colon cancer surgery, which were both rated by U.S. News & World Report as "below average".

In Ohio, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center came in second, after the Clinic.

The annual rankings, are created to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Still, both have room for improvement.

This year US news evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals.

"Academic medical centers tend to handle larger numbers of complex patients, and our specialty rankings are created to identify hospitals that provide the best care for complex patients", said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. The rankings exclude children's hospitals and VA medical centers.

Minnesota's Mayo Clinic kept its perch at No. 1 from past year, followed respectively by the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

For the ninth consecutive year, the hospitals of Keck Medicine of USC have been named among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report, a distinction only 3 percent of the analyzed hospitals receive. In rankings by state and metro area, the magazine recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

Earlier this year, the Mayo Clinic stirred up controversy when CEO John Noseworthy told employees the health system would prioritize patients with private insurance over those with Medicaid if they seek care at the same time for similar conditions.

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The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28 year, are created to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Cone was listed as a high performer in 11 categories for 2017-18 and 14 categories for 2016-17 after being ranked in four in 2015-16.

UNC Rex Healthcare ranked third in the region and eighth in the state, ranking highly in nine procedures and conditions.

Mayo ranked nationally in 15 adult and 9 pediatric specialties.

But Harder said that's not bad news.

In the Georgia rankings, Emory St. Joseph's Hospital in Sandy Springs and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead were rated Nos. "In other words, patients whose diagnosis may warrant referral to a hospital outside their community".

He also cited "some of the best outcome rates in the nation" and innovative practices that include "advances in telehealth visits and remote patient monitoring".

Orlando Health did not respond to an e-mail request for comment on Monday.

Dr. Jeff Glasheen, the chief quality officer for the broader UCHealth system, said the rankings have in recent years placed more emphasis on the quality and safety measurements and less on the survey. They provide yet another tool and a starting point for curious consumers who want to research their local hospitals.

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