Monday, July 16, 2007

U.S. News & World Report ranks Loyola's heart program

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

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.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.