The University Record, July 23, 2001

Health System ranked seventh by U.S. News & World Report

By Valerie Gliem
Health System Public Relations

The Health System took the No. 7 spot in an annual ranking released by U.S. News and World Report magazine, up from 12th in 2000. It is the only health care system in Michigan to make the top 10 list of Best Hospitals. Only 15 hospitals make the magazine’s Honor Roll.

In the various medical specialties, the Health System placed in the top 15 for 14 of the 17 areas examined. Three specialties were in the top 10—ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; and hormonal disorders, which includes endocrinology and diabetes.

“This honor reflects the commitment of every Health System employee to bring our patients the best care and the latest medical technologies available,” says Gilbert S. Omenn, executive vice president for medical affairs. “We are all proud of this No. 7 ranking, which highlights the national recognition of our clinical care programs that are strengthened by our outstanding research and educational mission.”

Several factors were considered in compiling the U.S. News & World Report rankings, including reputation among board-certified specialists, mortality statistics, nursing care, level of medical technology and procedure volume.

The Health System’s rankings in each specialty category are: ear, nose and throat, 5; geriatrics, 10; pediatrics, 22; rehabilitation, 11; hormonal disorders, 10; rheumatology, 12; cancer, 11; respiratory disorders, 12; gynecology, 14; heart, 26; digestive disorders, 14; psychiatry, 14; orthopaedics, 11; urology, 14; kidney disease, 11; and neurology and neurosurgery, 14. The Health System was not ranked in the 17th category, eyes.

Specialties making the biggest gains were neurology and neurosurgery, which was 24th in 2000; kidney disease, which jumped from 24th; orthopaedics, which ranked 20th last year; and urology, which placed 23rd in 2000. Pediatrics and cardiology/heart surgery made the rankings for the first time in several years.

The top three hospitals as ranked by U.S. News & World Report are: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.