University of Iowa Health Care maintains elite status, but slips

Posted August 10, 2017

A new report on hospital rankings has been released, and two Mercy Health hospitals in Mahoning county are listed among the top facilities in the state.

"While we are proud of the programs that have been recognized, we are disappointed with the overall rankings of the Medical Center", U. of C. Medicine said.

Last month, U.S. News & World Report ranked UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital among America's Best Children's Hospitals in 9 pediatric specialties, including #7 in Neonatology.

KU Hospital was nationally ranked in eight adult specialties by U.S. News and Saint Luke's Hospital was nationally ranked in four. Using somewhat different data and weightings, a five-star ranking system introduced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services previous year assigned three stars to KU Hospital, four to Saint Luke's and five stars, its top rating, to Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center came in at 11th, up from 17th a year ago.

For the first time in 24 years, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital did not earn a spot on the list, according to the Boston Globe.

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U.S. News also recognized the specialty of Rheumatology as "high performing". Both are flagship hospitals associated with university medical schools and part of large networks that include regional hospitals, medical practices and diagnostic labs across multiple counties.

Hospital in Cedar Rapids ranked No. 2 in Iowa, also earning "high-performing" marks in seven "adult procedure and conditions".

Massachusetts General Hospital has once again been identified by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's top medical institutions in its annual hospital rankings. "It tells potential employees what a great place it is to work, it tells patients in the community that you don't have to leave the community to get your health care, and it tells folks that we are one of the best in the country". The result is thousands of data points on hospitals that excel at treating the most challenging cases, those that do best in more routine procedures, like knee replacements, and those that provide top local care.

For the full list of Colorado hospital rankings, visit www.usnews.com/hospitals. "We're really pleased that we can have a major presence in this city", he said. In addition, hospitals scoring well on the Patient Safety Score a year ago may score average or close to average in 2017.

The methodologies that the publisher used in its assessment included patient survival, volume, readmission rates, patient experience, patient safety and adequacy of nurse staffing. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai was also ranked nationally in two specialties: No. 12 in Ophthalmology and No. 50 in Ear, Nose, and Throat.

Complicating the comparison of the Medicare and U.S. News rankings is the fact that the magazine has an advertising component with its report. Hebl said the project is part of a continuing effort to establish the hospital as a regional health center.