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Emory Hospitals Shine in National, State & Local Hospital Rankings – Emory University Hospital Named Best Hospital in Atlanta and State of Georgia

Best Hospitals in AtlantaAfter surveying nearly 10,000 specialists and sifting through data from approximately 5,000 hospitals, U.S. News & World Report has announced its 2013-14 rankings of America’s Best Hospitals and once again, our Emory hospitals have been placed among the best in the country, and Emory University Hospital has been honored as the best hospital in both the metro Atlanta area, and the state of Georgia.

Hospitals honored were ranked nationally in 16 adult specialties (e.g. cancer and urology) and also ranked regionally by city and state. Out of 60 hospitals in metro Atlanta, only eight hospitals were ranked as Atlanta’s best, and just 19 hospitals ranked this year out of 187 in the state of Georgia.

According to U.S. News, death rates, patient safety, and hospital reputation were just a few of the factors evaluated. Less than 150 hospitals were ranked nationally in one or more specialties. Learn more about how each of Emory’s hospitals performed in this year’s best hospital rankings:

Emory University Hospital – #1 in Atlanta, #1 in Georgia, Nationally Ranked in 5 Specialties, High Performer in 10 Specialties

Emory University Hospital AtlantaFor the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report lists Emory University Hospital as the best hospital in Atlanta and the state of Georgia in its 2013-2014 Best Hospitals guide. (Emory University Hospital includes Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.)

>> Emory University Hospital Website

Emory University Hospital by the Numbers:

  • #1 Hospital in Atlanta
  • #1 Hospital in Georgia
  • Nationally Ranked in 5 Specialties:
  • High Performer in 10 Specialties:
    • Diabetes and endocrinology
    • Ear, nose and throat
    • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
    • Geriatrics
    • Gynecology
    • Nephrology
    • Orthopaedics
    • Pulmonary
    • Rheumatology
    • Urology

Emory University Hospital Midtown – #3 in Atlanta, #4 in Georgia, High Performer in 12 Specialties

Emory University Hospital Midtown AtlantaEmory University Hospital Midtown moved up a slot in each category from last year’s best hospital rankings, honored this year as 3rd in metro Atlanta and 4th in Georgia. Emory University Hospital was also honored as a high performing hospital in 12 different specialty areas.

 >>Emory University Hospital Midtown website

Emory University Hospital Midtown by the Numbers:

  • 3rd Best Hospital in Atlanta
  • 4th Best Hospital in Georgia
  • High Performer in 12 Specialties:
    • Cancer
    • Cardiology and heart surgery
    • Diabetes and endocrinology
    • Ear, nose and throat
    • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
    • Geriatrics
    • Gynecology
    • Nephrology
    • Neurology and neurosurgery
    • Orthopaedics
    • Pulmonary
    • Urology

Saint Joseph’s Hospital – #5 in Atlanta, #12 in Georgia, High Performer in 3 Specialties

Saint Joseph's Hospital AtlantaSaint Joseph’s Hospital ranks 5th in metro Atlanta (up from 7th last year) and 12th in the state of Georgia in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 guide to the nation’s best hospitals. Saint Joseph’s Hospital was also listed as a high performing hospital in three specialty areas.

 >> Saint Joseph’s Hospital website

Saint Joseph’s Hospital by the Numbers:

  • Fifth Best Hospital in Atlanta
  • Twelfth Best Hospital in Georgia
  • High Performer in 3 Specialties:
    • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
    • Geriatrics
    • Nephrology

U.S. News & World Report publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Three weighted factors are used to rank hospitals, including hospital structure, reputation and outcomes.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available on newsstands on August 27.

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So Many Hospital Rankings, So Little Time – What Should You Look for as a Patient?

Understanding Hospital RankingsWhen you’re trying to price a car, you probably go to the Kelley Blue Book. When you’re looking for a go-to restaurant rating system, you probably choose Yelp or Zagat. When you’re looking for a cancer treatment center, you probably make sure it is designated by the National Cancer Institute. So, when you choose a doctor, or a clinic, or a hospital, what resources do you have to help you make that decision? Aside from the input of your trusted friends and family members, or checking out a health care system’s website, there are many organizations that seek to help patients make decisions about where they seek their care. Some of these organizations rank hospitals with hard data, i.e. – metrics on quality levels and patient outcomes, or by program survival rates. Others seek to measure quality as it relates to consumer or marketplace perception, and some even use fee-based systems, excluding hospitals who don’t pay to participate.

So if you want to make sure you can trust your health care team, you probably also want to make sure that the ranking system you employ to choose them is also trustworthy. Here are 3 things to look for when you choose what hospital rankings you rely on to choose your care provider:

Hard & Tangible Data

Whatever ranking system you choose, make sure that it uses reliable, unbiased data. As an example, some hospital rankings system includes data such as mortality rates, but be careful here. Mortality rates should be adjusted to take into account how sick patients were when they arrived at the facility; otherwise, the data is misleading. Make sure the ranking system you choose is straightforward in its disclosure of how ranking data is collected and used.

Validation from Independent & Credible Industry Associations

Just as there is a large volume of rankings out there, so too is there a large volume of established and reliable accrediting and governing organizations in the health care space. Ranging from large governmental organizations such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American Medical Association (AMA) and the reliable publications they produce, i.e. – Journal of the American Medical Association, to nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society, there are organizations out there you can trust to give you the honest scoop on what you should look for in your care team and what ranking systems do a good job of helping you find them.

Collaboration in Rankings

If it was up to the organizations being ranked to choose their rankings, every business would be #1. It’s important when you choose a hospital ranking system to rely on that you also know who was involved in the process. In general, rankings that incorporate input from consumers, hospitals, physicians, and accrediting organizations are the most reliable. Look for rankings that are tangible and transparent in their language about who is involved in the selection process and how entrants are qualified.

What else do you look for when picking a hospital, clinic or doctor? Do you use ranking to help inform your decision? Let us know in the comments below!

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