22nd annual rankings recognize hospitals in 94 metro areas
Gary, Indiana – July 19, 2011 – Methodist Hospitals, with campuses in Gary and Merrillville, has been ranked #35 in the Chicago Metro Area in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. Methodist Hospitals was also ranked among the top 25% of hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery.
The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
“Methodist Hospitals is proud to be ranked among the health care leaders of the Chicagoland region,” says Ian McFadden, President and CEO of Methodist Hospitals. “This achievement is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our employees, medical staff and volunteers as we continue our long-term journey to excellence.”
Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. “All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.
About Methodist Hospitals
Methodist Hospitals is a community-based, not-for-profit health system with two full-service acute care facilities that has been leading the way to better health for residents of Northwest Indiana for almost 100 years. Methodist Hospitals offers a number of award – winning programs, including its Neuroscience and Oncology Institutes, Restart Center for Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and Women’s Health program. Its range of services also includes Emergency services, Orthopedics and Spine, comprehensive Rehabilitation services and Home Health Services.