MAYWOOD, Ill.--For the sixth 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 "Americaâs Best Hospitals" issue.
The U.S. News statistics show that Loyola had the lowest death rate among the four Chicago-area academic medical centers ranked in Heart and Heart Surgery.
Loyola achieved a place among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in Geriatric Care (ranked 39th) and in Urology (ranked 43rd) in addition to heart (ranked 31st).
The Best Hospitals rankings are based on a rigorous review of more than 5,453 hospitals nationwide. Of those hospitals, only 170 met the criteria to be included in the rankings. Factors used in evaluating the hospitals include reputation, mortality ratios, patient services and other care-related measures. The July 14th 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 over the past three years or have been nominated 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 US News Score that equally weighs three elements: reputation, death rate and such care-related factors as nursing and advanced services.) Ranked hospitals were those with the 50 highest scores on those three elements.