U-M earns No. 14 ranking among nation’s best hospitals: The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers have been ranked among the country’s best hospitals, placing 14th overall for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report magazine. This year, U-M was ranked in every specialty and those rankings went up in 11 of the 16 specialties. The results, released online Thursday, mark the 16th year in a row that UM has been named to the honor roll of “America’s Best Hospitals.” UM 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.S. News ranks each of these specialties individually, and U-M earned a high national ranking in all 16 categories. In virtually all cases, UM was the highest-ranked hospital in Michigan for each specific treatment area. Of the 4,852 hospitals considered for the rankings, only 152 made the list in even one specialty. In one category — ear, nose & throat diseases — U-M made the top 10 in the country, ranking ninth. In 14 other U-M specialties, U-M ranked in the top 20 nationwide. These include the specialty care of ear, nose & throat diseases (ranked 9th); urology (ranked 11th); geriatrics (ranked 12th) and gastrointestinal disorders (ranked 13th).
Also recognized was the specialty care at UM’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (ranked 13th), UM’s Cardiovascular Center (ranked 11th) and the Kellogg Eye Center’s ophthalmologic care (ranked 17th). 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. Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the U-M Medical School 6th among the best research-oriented medical schools. In May, the magazine ranked the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation, ranking fourth in heart and heart surgery, 13th in orthopedics, 19th in kidney care, along with nation rankings in the pediatric specialties of cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, neonatology and urology. The rankings are available online at www.health.USNews.com.

Inteva Products Receives Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award: Troy-based Inteva Products LLC was named a winner of the sixth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards for its launch of Plex Online and Cisco LAN/WAN in 14 locations in just 12 months. Each year Managing Automation Media selects a group of companies to receive the PM100 Award, recognizing distinct accomplishments in Progressive Manufacturing. Inteva was included in the 2010 PM100 selection and was recognized in a subcategory for Data & Integration Mastery. Inteva’s projects included a revamped purchase order workflow process increasing internal flexibility, cut one-third from the monthly Information Technology budget, and now allows critical information to be viewed through an online system in real-time. Through innovative changes Inteva has accomplished a better working environment both internally and externally. “This is a great accomplishment for us,” said Inteva’s CIO Dennis Hodges. “I am proud of our ability to quickly implement our inventive ideas. This has highlighted Inteva’s bright past and will lead the way to a brilliant future.” An independent judging panel chaired by David R. Brousell, Editor-in-Chief, Managing Automation Media, and Jeff Moad, Executive Editor, Managing Automation, reviewed project nominations. “As we prepare for the eventual end of the Great Recession, these winning companies dramatically underscore how the manufacturing industry will begin to emerge in an even stronger position once a recovery takes a firm hold,” Brousell said. “The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risk, and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future.” Inteva Products has more than 90 years of experience and expertise, empowering some of the best minds in the industry with global resources supported by a team at 17 facilities on three continents. Inteva designs, engineers, manufactures, and assembles interior systems, cockpits, latch and closure systems, door module and window lift systems, and advanced materials for leading OEMs around the globe. More at www.intevaproducts.com.

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