Thursday, July 15, 2010
Scottsdale, Ariz. — U.S. News & World Report has again named Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona to its annual list of "Best Hospitals."
Mayo Clinic in Arizona ranked in the top 50 in four specialties — Gastroenterology (#26), Kidney Disorders (#37), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#45) and Gynecology (#45).
"To be recognized like this year after year is a testament to Mayo Clinic's long-standing value of patient centered care," says Victor Trastek, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic in Arizona.
Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology. The list is available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S. News, available on newsstands on July 27.
The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties — ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.
To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, affiliated with a medical school, have at least 200 beds or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies.
Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
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