UM, Spectrum Rated Among Nation’s Top Hospitals

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University of Michigan Hospital (University of Michigan photo)

University of Michigan Hospital (University of Michigan photo)

ANN ARBOR — The University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers offer the best care in Michigan — and some of the nation’s best care, according to a new ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids also earned high rankings in several areas.

The results, released online Tuesday, mark the 18th year in a row that UM has been named to the honor roll of “America’s Best Hospitals,” this year with a rank of 17th. UM is one of only eight hospitals in the nation to make the honor roll every year since 1995.

In addition, 156 of UM’s physicians have been named among America’s Top Doctors in a database published on the U.S. News website.

UM is the only hospital in Michigan on the national honor roll, which signifies all-around excellence in multiple areas of specialized medical care. UM earned a high national berth in 14 ranked specialties, and was recognized as high-performing in two others.

This is the first year for the statewide ranking, and the second year that the metro Detroit ranking includes Ann Arbor. UM is rated No. 1 in both.

“As the only hospital that serves patients from every county in Michigan, and many other parts of the country and world, we’re proud to offer a high level of care and expertise across many specialties,” says Doug Strong, CEO and director of the UM Hospitals and Health Centers. “There are many ways to measure a hospital’s excellence, and we are grateful to be recognized in this ranking and others.”

UM ranked in the top 20 nationwide in seven specialties, and in the top 40 in seven others. These include the specialty care at UM’s Geriatrics Center (15th), Comprehensive Cancer Center (14th), Cardiovascular Center (22nd), Comprehensive Diabetes Center (16th) and Kellogg Eye Center’s ophthalmologic care (13th).

The UM Hospitals and Health Centers are part of the UM Health System, which also has been recognized by U.S. News as having one of the nation’s top medical schools — tied for 10th in the country — and top children’s hospitals, with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital ranked in all 10 specialties of children’s care that are measured.

Meanwhile, Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in two medical specialties and was recognized as high-performing in nine medical specialties.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital were ranked 21st in gynecology and 22nd in diabetes and endocrinology in the national rankings. The hospitals also were recognized as high-performing in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

The Best Hospitals 2012-13 rankings are the 23rd annual edition, which showcases more than 720 of the nation’s approximately 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 hospitals are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system in West Michigan offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of nine hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which opened in January 2011, and 190 service sites; the Spectrum Health Medical Group and West Michigan Heart, physician groups totaling more than 600 providers; and Priority Health, a health plan with 625,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with more than 18,000 employees. The organization provided $176.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

For the 2012 “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings, UM’s rank in each specialty category is:

Overall: 17
State of Michigan: 1
Detroit metro: 1

Cancer (14)
Cardiology & Heart Surgery (22)
Diabetes & Endocrinology (16)
Ear, Nose & Throat (13)
Gastroenterology (30)
Geriatrics (15)
Gynecology (33)
Nephrology (35)
Neurology &
Neurosurgery (30)
Ophthalmology (13)
Orthopedics (40)
Pulmonology (20)
Rheumatology (16)
Urology (13)

UM is also high-performing in the reputational rankings for psychiatry and rehabilitation.

U.S. News’ 2011-12 publication of “America’s Best Hospitals” will be on sale at newsstands in August. The rankings are also available online at http://health.USNews.com.

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