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7 Mich. hospitals ranked nationally for specialties

Tom Greenwood and Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

A national hospital ranking program Tuesday found that seven Michigan hospitals out of about 175 across the state rank nationally for certain medical specialties.

The U.S. News & World Report list of 2015-16 Best Hospitals recognized the University of Michigan’s Health Care System as the best hospital in Michigan and the metro area. It ranked nationally in 11 areas.

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak came in second in the state, ranking nationally for nine specialties, followed by Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, which was third. Fourth was Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, fifth was Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, sixth was Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the Detroit Medical Center’s Harper University Hospital in Detroit placed seventh.

Beaumont ranked No. 22 nationally for cardiology and heart surgery; No. 17 for diabetes and endocrinology; 18th for gastroenterology and GI surgery; 23rd for geriatrics; 40th for gynecology; 37th for nephrology; 25th for neurology and neurosurgery; 16th for orthopedics; and 22nd for pulmonology.

“This recognition reflects the ongoing work and dedication of the Beaumont team to constantly improve quality, safety and service for the benefit of the patients and families we serve,” John Fox, president and CEO of Beaumont Health, said in a statement.

Spectrum, Munson, Mercy Health, Henry Ford and Harper each ranked nationally for one specialty. Spectrum ranked 27th for pulmonology; Munson is 49th for diabetes and endocrinology; Mercy Health is 50th in pulmonology; Henry Ford is 46th for neurology and neurosurgery; and Harper is 45th for neurology and neurosurgery.

The news company reviews 16 adult specialties and in most cases lists the top 50 hospitals. It reviewed measures such as patient survival and safety data, nursing staff levels and other data to help determine rankings. U.S. News says it publishes the lists to help consumers make their health care choices.

Only 2.7 percent, or 137 hospitals out of 5,000, earned even one ranked spot on the list.

Eleven UM specialty areas, including cancer, cardiology, heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery upped their rankings from the 2014-15 list. Urology and ophthalmology both ranked in the top 10 nationwide.

This marks the 23rd straight year that UM has been recognized for its strong performance on a national level.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital earned a top ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Children’s Hospitals. Mott was the only hospital in Michigan to rank nationally in all pediatric specialty areas evaluated in the report.

UM’s ranked in the following specialties: cancer, 28th; diabetes and endocrinology, 36th; cardiology and heart surgery, 31st; ears, nose and throat, 13th; geriatrics, 46th; gynecology, 22nd; nephrology, 25th, neurology and neurosurgery, 35th; ophthalmology, 10th; phenomenology, 15th; and urology, 10th.

To see more about the rankings, visit U.S. News & World Report’s website.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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