For the 18th straight year, Emory University Hospital has joined the prestigious ranks of America's top medical institutions in the annual U.S. News & World Report guide to "America's Best Hospitals."
Emory ranked among the nation's best hospitals in eight specialties, including six top 25 rankings. Its eight specialties are more than any other hospital in Georgia, and no other hospital in the state shares rankings in the same categories as Emory. Overall, Emory is one of only 173 hospitals, out of more than 5,400 medical centers in the country to be named in even one of the magazine's top 50 specialty rankings.
Emory is recognized in this year's comprehensive report for excellence in:
|Specialty ||Rank |
|Geriatrics ||(11) |
|Psychiatry ||(12) |
|Heart and Heart Surgery ||(16) |
|Ophthalmology ||(11) |
|Ear, Nose and Throat ||(21) |
|Neurology and Neurosurgery ||(25) |
|Kidney Disease ||(35) |
|Urology ||(47) |
"To be recognized as one of America's best hospitals across so many disciplines is certainly a reflection of the tremendous level of dedication and commitment to excellence by the thousands of physicians, nurses, medical support staff and employees across the entire Emory Healthcare system," says John T. Fox, Emory HealthCare president and CEO. "Our mission of delivering compassionate care and world class medical research is recognized each day by our patients and their families. The rankings both honor our hard work - and challenge us to reach even higher."
This year, Emory's geriatrics program was ranked 11th nationally. As one of the nation's leading research and clinical care programs encompassing elderly care, end-of-life issues, decision-making and public policy issues, Emory has in the past been recognized by U.S. News as a leading center for geriatric care. In 2006, the publication dropped that category because, according to the magazine, it was "oriented more to primary care than to specialized hospital treatment." The ranking, however, returned for 2007.
Wesley Woods Center at Emory includes Wesley Woods Hospital, a 100-bed geriatric specialty facility. Founded by the United Methodist Church and Emory University, Wesley Woods Center serves more than 30,000 older adults and chronically ill individuals each year.
In addition to the hospital and a 25-bed inpatient hospice service, Wesley Woods has an outpatient primary care clinic, a 250-bed skilled nursing care facility, and a 201-unit residential retirement facility with one floor of 18 units dedicated to personal care.
According to Al Blackwelder, chief operating officer for Wesley Woods, top accolades like Emory's No.11 ranking are indicative of a highly specialized program incorporating the collaboration between clinician, caregiver and administrator - all dedicated toward serving a fast-growing elderly population and the issues faced by those millions of individuals, their families and society as a whole.
"The U.S. Ne ws and World Report rankings of geriatric programs certainly recognizes and reflects upon the inc redible challenge we face in treating an unprecedented growth in elderly patients and the many different fac ets of society that are impacted by this growing population," says Blackwelder.
"I am very pleas ed that our faculty, nursing staff and patient care professionals have been recognized for their incredible work within the many different programs we are uniquely situated and qualified to provide, " says Blackwelder.
All hospital data and the 2007 rankings were compiled by Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based RTI International, on behalf of U.S. News & World Report. To be considered for this year's rankings, a hospital had to satisfy at least one of three requirements: membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals, medical school affiliation or availability of at least nine out of 18 key technology-related services such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET).
Reputation, mortality ratio, the measurement of a hospital's ability to keep patients alive and a group of other care-related factors, such as RN-to-bed ratios and patient/community services, are also considered. U.S. News looks at entire specialties rather than at specific procedures in an effort to identify hospitals that excel in a variety of tough cases across a specialty.
According to the magazine, hospitals and medical centers make this elite group because their physicians see sicker patients and do greater numbers of tough procedures, they follow - often pioneer - advanced treatment guidelines, conduct bench-to-bedside research, and exploit advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.