Sunday, July 16, 2006

Detroit Hospitals Recognized for Excellence

Employees at Harper University and Henry Ford hospitals in Detroit have an extra reason to smile this week; both medical institutions were ranked in “America’s Top Hospitals 2006”, a special U.S. News and World Report (US News) guide scheduled to hit newsstands tomorrow.

Similar in premise to some of the weekly newsmagazine’s other well-known guides – “
Best Grad Schools” and “Best Colleges”, for example – U.S. News’ goal for Top Hospitals is to measure and rank medical institutions nationwide for treatment of rare and complex medical conditions across 16 different specialties.

Midtown’s Harper University Hospital, part of the Detroit Medical Center, ranked 34th and 48th, respectively, in the Neurology/Neurosurgery and Cancer specialties, while Henry Ford Hospital, located on West Grand Boulevard near the Lodge freeway, made this year’s list in eight different specialties.

Henry Ford's rankings are as follows:

Neurology/Neuropathy: 21st
Endocrinology: 27th
Digestive disorders: 34th
Respiratory disorders: 34th
Kidney diseases: 36th
Heart/Heart surgery: 37th
Urology: 37th
Cancer: 39th

Using a methodology based on three equally-weighted parts – reputation, mortality and care-related factors – Top Hospitals 2006 evaluated 5189 hospitals. Of these, only 176 scored high enough to qualify for ranking within any specialty. The Top Hospitals list only includes the top 50 institutions in each specialty.

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