The University Record, July 22, 1998

Hospitals make U.S. News Honor Roll

By Pete Barkey
Health System Public Relations

The U-M Hospitals have once again made the honor roll of best hospitals in America, according to an annual survey released July 17 by U.S. News and World Report magazine. The U-M Hospitals came in at number 12 this year. Only 14 hospitals in the U.S. made the prestigious U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.

The Hospitals also received recognition in 13 out of 16 possible specialties. Leading the list of specialties is otolaryngology, which moved to number three in the country, and geriatrics, which jumped to the number seven spot nationally. Three specialties were ranked in the top 10 and 11 were ranked in the top 20 in their respective categories.

Several factors were considered in compiling the rankings, including reputation with board certified specialists, mortality statistics and level of medical technology. Overall, 1,985 of the 6,400 U.S. hospitals met the magazine's eligibility requirements. The final rankings encompass 132 different hospitals.

"We are gratified that physicians, patients and the media recognize nationally the outstanding medical care provided by the U-M Health System," said Gilbert S. Omenn, executive vice president for Medical Affairs. "It is no small feat to be among the top 14 of 6,400 hospitals--132 of which were finalists for this honor roll. We realize many hospitals are investing and working hard to try and displace those ahead of them."

The U-M Hospitals were ranked 10th in 1997 and 15th in 1996.



The rankings in each category are:


Category Ranking

Overall 12

Otolaryngology 3

Geriatrics 7

Rheumatology 9

Rehabilitation 11

Endocrinology 11

Psychiatry 12

Gastroenterology 12

Pulmonary 13

Gynecology 17

Neurology and Neurosurgery 19

Cancer 20

Urology 23

Orthopedics 36