U.S. News & World Report has again ranked Baystate Medical Center among the nation’s top hospitals.
In the 2015-16 U.S. News rankings, released Tuesday, Baystate is nationally ranked for its care in the areas of diabetes and endocrinology, as well as ear, nose and throat. Baystate is considered high-performing by U.S. News in seven other areas of medical specialty: cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics, and pulmonology.
Ranked among top hospitals
For the third year in a row, Baystate was named among the top three hospitals in Massachusetts.
“I am once again incredibly pleased that we’ve received such national recognition for the profound work that happens on a daily basis at Baystate. 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. “Each day our caregivers report to work they are dedicated to putting patients first and to 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, whether in Baystate Medical Practices or in the many private medical groups that work closely with Baystate.
“None of this is possible for our patients and our community without an outstanding, dedicated network of primary care providers and specialists with whom we have strong and mutually supporting relationships. Successful partnerships can be a critical component to successful patient care, and we are so appreciative of the mutual respect we share with our colleagues across western Massachusetts and beyond,” Dr. Keroack said.
How hospitals are ranked
For the 2015-16 rankings, 137 of the approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated were ranked in at least one specialty. Fifteen of the 137 qualified for the Honor Roll by ranking very high in six or more specialties. In the 12 data-driven specialties, very high was defined as ranking among the top 20 hospitals. In the four reputation-driven specialties, very high was defined as ranking among the top 10.
“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”
“Baystate Health is so proud of our longstanding commitment to improving the quality and safety of the care we provide," said Dr. Evan Benjamin, senior vice-president of Healthcare Quality. “Our staff has been dedicated to this work to track and improve our outcomes and being recognized as a leader in healthcare is a testament to our staff’s commitment."
Through a separate ranking process, U.S. News & World Report also rated Baystate Medical Center as part of an elite group of 34 “high performing” hospitals in a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals on how well they perform in several surgical procedures and chronic conditions. Baystate is only one of three hospitals in New England to be rated as “high performing” in an analysis of 4,600 hospitals nationwide in the magazine’s new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings.
U.S News evaluated hospitals based on their performance in three common operations – heart bypass, hip replacement, and knee replacement – and two widespread chronic conditions, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). To be eligible, hospitals had to perform a minimum number of each procedure each year. Hospitals were rated as “High Performing” like Baystate Medical Center, “Average” or “Below Average.”
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.