Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Mayo Clinic Named Best Hospital In Nation For 2nd Time

Mayo Clinic Named Best Hospital In Nation For 2nd Time

Roslyn's St. Francis Hospital is the sixth-best hospital in New York State, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report, followed by NYU Winthrop Hospital at No. 7.

As many patients in the Commonwealth struggle with some of the most complex health issues, these recognitions cement UK HealthCare's role as the major health care system best equipped to deal with our state's unique health needs, said Dr. Michael Karpf, University of Kentucky executive vice president for health affairs.

By comparison, Medicare puts its patient-care emphasis on where the patient receives his or her primary treatment, and not where the patient was first admitted for care, as RTI and U.S. News determines.

USNWR ranks hospitals on a number of factors including patient safety, clinical resources, quality of care, family centeredness and staff professionalism.

Noseworthy said Mayo actually finished closer to a ideal score than it did to the Cleveland Clinic, which came in at No. 2; the final numbers weren't yet available to the public.

No local hospitals were ranked nationally. Some specialty rankings are also based on hospital reputation, which is determined by surveying over 125,000 physicians across the country.

PinnacleHealth Hospitals in Dauphin County ranked twelfth statewide, recognized as high-performing in eight procedures or conditions.

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This year, Mayo officials also celebrated out west as the Phoenix campus finished No. 20 in a report that examined more than 4,500 medical centers across the country.

The magazine said it made further adjustments "to avoid penalizing hospitals for treating low-income patients or for accepting high-risk cases transferred from other hospitals".

The three top-ranked hospitals in the nation overall were the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Cleveland Clinic; and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Children's Hospital programs ranked this year include: Cancer; Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Diabetes and Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Nephrology; Neonatology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Orthopaedics; Pulmonology; and Urology. "This sort of care is of a higher level than most patients need, so except in rare circumstances it's not necessary for patients to look beyond their region's Best Regional Hospitals".

This year, the publication found UT Medical Center to be the second-best hospital in the entire state of Tennessee.

Steward Health Care's hospitals, Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren and Northside Hospital in Youngstown, did not rank in the top 26 hospitals in the state.

A drop in rankings does not necessarily mean a hospital is not as good as it once was, Harder said.

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