Five years in a row
MAYWOOD, Ill. - For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola as one of the top 50 hospitals nationwide for Heart and Heart Surgery in the magazine's annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue.
The U.S. News statistics show that Loyola had the lowest mortality index among the four Chicago-area academic medical centers ranked in Heart and Heart Surgery. This echoed the findings of the recent survey from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which placed Loyola among only 38 hospitals in the nation and two in the state to have better-than-average outcomes for heart failure patients.
Loyola achieved a place among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in Geriatrics (#35) and Cancer (#44) in addition to heart (#44).
The Best Hospitals rankings are based on a rigorous review of more than 5,462 hospitals nationwide. Of those hospitals, only 173 met the criteria to be included in the rankings. Factors used in evaluating the hospitals included reputation, mortality ratios, patient services and other care-related measures. The July 23rd issue of the magazine is available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals
To be considered at all, a hospital had to satisfy at least one of three requirements: membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals; affiliation with a medical school; or availability of at least six out of 13 advanced services, such as robotic surgery or image-guided radiation therapy. Loyola is an academic medical center dedicated to teaching, medical research and patient care.
For consideration in a specialty, a hospital had to have performed a significant number of defined procedures in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 or it had to have been named one of the best facilities in the specialty by at least one physician in the three most recent U.S. News surveys.
Hospitals making it this far then received a numerical assessment (the U.S. News Score that equally weighs three elements: reputation, death rate and such care-related factors as nursing and advance services.) Ranked hospitals were those with the 50 highest scores on those three elements.
The research organization RTI International, Research Triangle Park, N.C., produced the 2007 U.S. News & World Report rankings.