By Ryan Gierach, West Hollywood, Californian
According to US News & World Report’s annual rankings of health care centers, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for the first claimed the No. One Honor Roll spot, barely edging out Massachusetts General Hospital.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, which in 2012 lost a 21-year-long first-place reign, was No. Three.
The 2014-15 Honor Roll:
|1||Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota||29||15|
|2||Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston||28||15|
|3||Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore||26||15|
|5||UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles||23||15|
|6||New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York||22||12|
|7||Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian, Philadelphia||19||11|
|8||UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco||17||10|
|9||Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston||15||10|
|10||Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago||13||10|
|11||University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle||12||9|
|12 (tie)||Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles||11||8|
|12 (tie)||UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center||11||8|
Hospitals in 12 of the 16 specialties received 2 points per specialty for ranking in the top 10. They received 1 point for ranking in the next 10. In the other four specialties, hospitals received 2 points per specialty for ranking in the top five. They received 1 point for ranking in the next five.
Hospitals are ranked nationally in each of the 16 specialties. This year 144 different hospitals rank in at least one specialty. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, for example, ranks first in cancer.
The Cleveland Clinic tops the cardiology & heart surgery rankings. And the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York is No. 1 in orthopedics. Nationally ranked hospitals have the skill and experience to treat the most complex and demanding cases.
West Hollywood residents can count themselves among the fortunate, with two nationally recognized hospitals within a short ambulance or car ride. Only two other cities, New York and Boston, share that privilege.
Add to that last month’s US News & World Report’s ranking Hollywood’s Children’s Hospital Number Five in their annual June ranking in that category (see below), makes the LA-area a nexus for excellent health care.
The report, primarily a PR stunt both for the once-proud news weekly and a plaque to hang on a few dozen hospital walls, has slightly changed focus this year away from an emphasis on reputation toward a ranking on patient safety. Only a five percent shift in importance, but a recognition that patient safety is an issue of concern to people using the resource to “shop” hospitals.
Just a few weeks ago the “Business Times reported that sepsis and related hospital-acquired infections cost tens of thousands of deaths annually, and create $30 billion in unnecessary health care costs,” and that the real depth of the problem goes unplumbed.
Additionally, “A recent Kaiser Permanente study found that within Kaiser’s system and nationally sepsis causes or contributes to half of all inpatient deaths. And although Kaiser doesn’t say so directly, many of those deaths occur at “top hospitals,” such as those on the U.S. News list.
A press release from Cedars-Sinai trumpeted the announcement. “While we always appreciate this type of national recognition, at Cedars-Sinai we are primarily focused on our patients, providing the highest quality, compassionate care in an efficient manner to each of them and to their families,” said Thomas M. Priselac, Cedars-Sinai’s president and CEO.
“We also remain focused on improving the health of people throughout Los Angeles through our hundreds of community benefit programs and increasing access for the underserved, as well as on our innovative biomedical research and education programs.”
The 12 Cedars-Sinai specialties ranked are: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics,pulmonology, and urology.
Report rankings are based on patient safety, mortality rates and other factors, as well as reputation among a randomly selected group of physicians from across the nation.
|5||Children’s Hospital Los Angeles||8||6|