Although we have some great doctors in Lane County, it is oftentimes necessary to go elsewhere when faced with a serious illness. US News and World Report just released their rankings of the Top Medical Centers in the United States.
July 20, 2009 -- U.S. News & World Report has released its annual “honor roll” of America’s best medical centers, and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is at the top of the list for the 19th straight year. The top 21 hospitals all earned high scores in at least six of 16 specialties, ranging from cancer and geriatric care to orthopaedics and urology. Scores were based on both objective measures -- such as mortality rates, patient safety, and other care-related factors -- and subjective measures, such as reputation. “I think these rankings are extremely meaningful to an extremely small number of patients, relatively speaking, who represent a very small piece of the patient population but whose need for a very high quality of care is extreme,” Avery Comarow, the U.S. News & World Report statistician who compiled and analyzed the data, tells WebMD. “These rankings are not at all intended for those who need relatively routine procedures.”
The ’Best Hospitals’ for 2009 -- Hospitals are listed below by total points. Here are the 21 hospitals that made the magazine’s honor roll (two are tied for 10th place):
Top Hospitals by Specialty -- Here are the No. 1 hospitals in each specialty, according to U.S. News and World Report:
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American Hospital Association Senior Vice President Rick Wade tells WebMD that hospitals that made the honor roll and those that were ranked in the 16 specialty groups were generally teaching hospitals “with the most cutting-edge research and technology.”
Wade says that hospitals that didn’t score enough points to make a list should be avoided. “You can investigate on your own,” he says. “For people who don’t live near a Hopkins, there are many community hospitals that have very good records.”
Arthur Caplan, PhD, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, tells WebMD that lists for most people “are almost useless. The only data of value is on specific doctors, treating cases analogous to your own.”
Rankings “are a quality perspective from 75,000 feet when what the prospective patient needs is precision at ground level about particular doctors doing particular things in situations close to the one the patient has,” Caplan says.