SPRINGFIELD- U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Baystate Medical Center among the nation’s top hospitals.
In the 2014-15 U.S. News rankings, released Tuesday, Baystate is nationally ranked for its care in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; and gynecology. Baystate is considered high-performing by U.S. News in nine other areas of medical specialty: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology, and urology.
For the second year in a row, Baystate was named among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts.
“I’m very proud of the hard work, compassion and commitment of the caregivers who make such an honor possible,” said Dr. Mark A. Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health, and CEO of Baystate Medical Center. “Every day, they’re saving lives, and changing lives for the better. I congratulate them on this wonderful recognition of the outstanding service they provide for our community, in support of our mission.”
Keroack added that the honor is also a testament to the collaboration that exists among medical providers all over the region: “Without an outstanding, dedicated network of primary care providers; without community physicians with whom we have strong and mutually supporting relationships, none of this is possible for our patients and our community.”
For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.
“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”
“Several years ago, we committed as an organization to achieve the very highest levels of quality in the care we provide,” said Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice president of Healthcare Quality for Baystate Health. “This is a point of pride and an affirmation of our efforts, and we’ll continue working hard to do even better for our patients and their families.”
“I’m incredibly proud of our entire team of providers, and our nurses in particular, because this honor is a testament to their skill, their caring, their experience and their dedication,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, senior vice president, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of Baystate Medical Center. “Our community deserves nothing less than the best, and they’re delivering it.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings are freely available at here and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.