For Release: January 28, 2011
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U.S. News Ranks Akron General as“High-Performing” in Six Specialties
22nd annual rankings recognize hospitals in 94 metro areas
Akron General Medical Center has been ranked as "High-Performing" in six medical specialties in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 "Best Hospitals" rankings. Akron General earned the honors this year for its work in gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology. Complete rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
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. Akron General is ranked in the Akron metro area. The rankings, published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, to be published later this summer.
"We are very pleased to be honored by U.S. News again," said Vincent J. McCorkle, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Akron General Health System. "The U.S. News rankings further demonstrate our commitment to excellence throughout Akron General. I am extremely proud of the clinical areas recognized."
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. "These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high."
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 regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.
"These are hospitals we call 'high performers.' They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures," Comarow said. "Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals."
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.
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of patients and the community. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 years. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit about Akron General.