July 15, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Beaumont Royal Oak named top hospital in Michigan

Beaumont Royal Oak ranked among the best nationally in 12 areas of medicine. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)

Royal Oak— Beaumont in Royal Oak was named Tuesday the best hospital overall in Michigan and the best in Detroit by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was the nation’s top hospital in the magazine’s 25th annual rankings. Mayo was followed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

The rankings were based on public clinical data in 16 adult specialties — such as cancer, orthopedics and cardiology — and interviews with physicians. More than 5,000 hospitals were analyzed and compared on more than 1,300 quality measures.

Among state hospitals, University of Michigan Health System came in second behind Beaumont, followed by Beaumont Hospital in Troy, the Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit

Although Beaumont Royal Oak beat UM for the highest overall score, the university’s health system ranked among the best nationally in more areas of medicine — 15 compared with 12 for Beaumont.

The university’s highest ranking nationally was in ophthalmology, 11th place. Beaumont’s was in orthopedic medicine, where it ranked ninth.

“It’s a really good year,” said Dr. Sam Flanders, executive vice president of quality and safety for Beaumont Health System.

Flanders credited “great people” and a process called kaizen, which is Japanese for “a small change toward the better.” Staff members file daily reports on little problems, like not having the right supplies at hand, and then they work to fix them.

For example, Beaumont Royal Oak increased the amount of time nurses spent with patients from 28 percent in 2009 to about 60 percent today by eliminating distractions and moving supplies into patient rooms, Flanders said.

Flanders said the hospital also tracks more than 2,000 quality measurements every day.

Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare announced in June plans to merge. The $3.8 billion, nonprofit company will be called Beaumont Health. An earlier plan to merge Beaumont with Henry Ford fell through.

kbouffard@detroitnews.com