The Best Hospitals in RI—New US News Ranking
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Rhode Island Hospital was ranked #2 in Providence and RI, followed by Women and Infants Hospital at #3 in the metropolitan area as well as statewide. Newport Hospital was ranked #4.
The Miriam Hospital
Miriam Hospital took top state honors in the highly-publicized ranking of more than 4,800 hospitals nationwide, ranking highest among the Providence metropolitan area's 24 hospitals as well as #1 among Rhode Island's 16 hospitals. The 247-bed general medical, surgical, and teaching hospital was cited for High Performance by US News on 7 Adult Specialties: Diabetes & Endocrynology, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Urology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, and Pulmonology.
What the patients thought
Also included in US News rankings--the results of a patient satisfaction survey. The questionnaire, created by the federal government and utilized by almost 4,000 hospitals nationwide, revealed that at the Miriam, 76% of patients rated the hospital "highest or very high" (the state average for RI was 9 points lower, at 66%). When it came to recommending the hospital to friends and family, 84% said definitely, 15 points above the state average of 69%.
Rhode Island Hospital: #2
Women & Infants: #3
Recognized in US News & World Report as Best Hospital in Gynecology and Best Children's Hospital in Neonatology, the specialty hospital for women and newborns ranked #3 in the US News' Regional Rankings for 2013. Women & Infants was named a High-Performing Hospital on 2 adult specialties: Cancer and Gynecology. Eighty-five percent of patients said they would recommend Women & Infants to friends and family, the highest percentage among the Top 5 hospitals in the state.
Newport and Southcoast Hospitals: #4
The 119-bed general medical and surgical hospital in Newport took its #4 ranking and scored as High Performing in Geriatrics. Seventy-four percent of patients said they would recommend the hospital to friends and family. In the Providence metropolitan area (which includes Pawtucket, Fall River and New Bedford) Newport Hospital tied with Southcoast Hospitals Group in Fall River, which was named High Performing in Pulmonology. (Southcoast ranked #19 in Massachusetts; for more on the MA hospital rankings, go here).
How they got the rankings
US News applies the same methodology behind the 2012-13 Best Hospitals national rankings to recognize Best Regional Hospitals. Now in its 23rd year, "Best Hospitals' central mission remains unchanged," according to US News, "to help those who need an unusual degree of skilled inpatient care decide where to get it, especially when there's time to make a choice."
To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel across a range of tough cases within a given specialty. For example, a hospital nationally ranked in cardiology and heart surgery—one of 16 specialties in which US News evaluates medical centers—can be expected to have doctors with the talent and experience to replace a faulty heart valve in a patient well into his or her 90s. "Most hospitals would decline to perform major surgery on such elderly patients, as they should if they aren't up to speed on the special techniques and precautions involved and don't see many such patients," according to US News. "A hospital ranked in gastroenterology can offer the most appropriate care to a patient whose severe inflammatory bowel disease flares up. At hospitals ranked in neurology and neurosurgery, surgeons face more spinal tumors in a couple of weeks than most community hospitals see in a year."
This year, only 148 of the 4,793 hospitals reviewed nationwide met such criteria and performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. And of the 148, just 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.
For more on the methodology, go here.
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