Once again, U-M earns No. 14 ranking among nation's best hospitals

U-M earns a spot on national Honor Roll for 17th straight year and is ranked No. 1 in Detroit metro area

The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall for the third consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. U-M was also ranked No. 1 in the Detroit metropolitan area.

The results, released online today, mark the 17th year in a row that U-M has been named to the honor roll of "America's Best Hospitals."

U-M is the only hospital in Michigan ranked among the 14 institutions on the national honor roll, which signifies all-around excellence in multiple areas of specialized medical care. U-M is tied for 14th with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

U.S. News ranks each of these specialties individually, and U-M earned a high national ranking in all 16 categories. Of the 4,825 hospitals considered for the rankings, only 140 made the list in even one specialty.

“To be nationally recognized in so many areas is a clear demonstration of the dedication of our faculty and staff,” says Doug Strong, M.B.A., director and chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. “We’re extremely proud to be recognized for the strength of our efforts year after year.”

In one U.S. News category – ear, nose & throat diseases – U-M made the top 10 in the country, ranking ninth for the second year in a row.

In all other specialties, U-M ranked in the top 30 nationwide. These include the specialty care at U-M's Geriatrics Center (ranked 11th), Comprehensive Cancer Center (ranked 13th), Cardiovascular Center (ranked 12th) and Kellogg Eye Center's ophthalmologic care (ranked 16th).

Other specialty rankings were gynecology (ranked 12th); pulmonology (ranked 14th); rheumatology and urology, both ranked 15th; diabetes/endocrinology and rehabilitation, both ranked 17th; gastroenterology and psychiatry, both ranked 20th; orthopaedics (ranked 25th) and neurology/neurosurgery (ranked 27th).

The public can see even more evidence of U-M’s top-quality care online. Recently, under Strong’s leadership, UMHS launched a Quality & Safety website that makes UMHHC among the most “transparent” in the country.

Located at www.uofmhealth.org/quality, the site gives anyone access to detailed data about how well U-M performs on many measures of care quality, appropriateness and safety. Such measures form the basis for part of the U.S. News ranking, but the U-M site goes far beyond the publicly available data that rankings are based on.

U.S. News determines the “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings based on hospital reputation in particular specialties, and, for all but four specialties, on mortality rates and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Rankings in ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology are determined by reputation among board-certified specialists.

The U-M Hospitals and Health Centers are part of the U-M Health System, which also has been recognized by U.S. News as having one of the nation’s top medical schools and top children’s hospitals.

Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the U-M Medical School 10th among the best research-oriented medical schools. The Medical School also ranked 9th among medical schools in 2010 for the total dollars its researchers earned from the National Institutes of Health.

In May, the magazine ranked the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation. Mott was ranked in all 10 of the evaluated categories – including third in the country in heart care and heart surgery, 13th in orthopedics, 18th in neonatology and among the country’s best for children in cancer, diabetes, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology.

U-M was not considered for the first metro Detroit rankings for adult care, issued earlier this year, because of the way the geographical area for metro Detroit was defined. The magazine changed its methodology for the new rankings.

For the 2011 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings, U-M’s rank in each specialty category is:

Overall: #14 (tie)
Detroit metro: #1

Cancer (#13)
Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#12)
Diabetes & Endocrinology (#17)
Ear, Nose & Throat (#9)
Gastroenterology (#20)
Geriatrics (#11)
Gynecology (#12)
Nephrology (#26)
Neurology & Neurosurgery (#27)
Ophthalmology (#16)
Orthopaedics (#25)
Psychiatry (#20)
Pulmonology (#14)
Rehabilitation (#17)
Rheumatology (#15)
Urology (#15)

U.S. News’ 2011-12 publication of “America’s Best Hospitals” will be on sale at newsstands in August. The rankings are also available online at http://health.USNews.com.

Written by: Ian Demsky and Kara Gavin

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