Beaumont Among U.S. News & World Report's 'Best Hospitals'

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is once again named among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report

Beaumont, Royal Oak is ranked in four medical specialties in the 2011-12 "Best Hospitals" lists announced by U.S. News today. The rankings are available online and will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook which will go on sale Aug. 30.

Beaumont's national medical specialty rankings are:

Cardiology & Heart Surgery, 32nd

Geriatrics, 26th

Orthopedics, 33rd

Urology, 44th

Only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals evaluated nationwide by U.S. News performed well enough to be ranked in even one of the 16 medical specialties evaluated.

Along with the national rankings, Beaumont, Royal Oak was identified as "high performing" in eight other specialties by U.S. News, including Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pulmonology.

"High performing" hospitals are "fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures," according to U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. They include hospitals that rank in the top 25 percent, but not nationally, based on U.S. News benchmarks for patient volume and other indicators.

Beaumont Hospital, Troy also qualified as "high-performing" in eight medical specialties, including Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe qualified as "high-performing" in six specialties, including Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Pulmonology.

In regional metropolitan rankings released by U.S. News for 94 metro areas, Beaumont, Royal Oak ranked 3rd,  Beaumont, Troy ranked 10th and Beaumont, Grosse Pointe 14th in metro Detroit. 

Ananias Diokno, M.D.

"Beaumont's rankings on these national lists highlight our reputation for medical and academic excellence," says Ananias Diokno, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, Beaumont Health System. "The expertise of our physicians, the outstanding quality of care provided by our nurses and staff and the exceptional support provided by hospital leadership were essential components for achieving this recognition."

Of the 16 specialties evaluated by U.S. News, 12 were ranked based on measurable data such as death rates, patient volume, nurse staffing, technology and a reputation score based on a physician survey. Four lists were based on reputation scores only.

To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital; be affiliated with a medical school; have at least 200 beds; or have 100 or more beds plus four or more of eight key medical technologies. 

To be eligible for ranking in a particular specialty, hospitals had to meet a volume requirement for Medicare inpatients discharged in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and based on a defined set of specialty-related procedures and conditions. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if  nominated by at least 1 percent of the physicians in a specialty who responded to the 2009, 2010 and 2011 U. S. News reputational surveys.

Beaumont Health System is a three-hospital regional health system with a total of 1,744 licensed beds, more than 14,000 full-time equivalent employees and 3,700 physicians. In addition to its hospitals, Beaumont operates numerous community-based medical centers in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, family practice and internal medicine practices in Macomb and Wayne counties, five nursing centers, a research institute, home care services and hospice. Beaumont is the exclusive clinical teaching site for the new Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine that welcomes its charter class on August 8, 2011.  Visit Beaumont on the Web at www.beaumont.edu.