Monday, July 10, 2006

U.S. News & World Report ranks Loyola's Heart Program No. 1 in state

MAYWOOD, Ill. - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Loyola as first in the state for heart care and heart surgery in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" issue. This is the fourth straight year that Loyola has claimed the state's top spot for Heart Care and Heart Surgery.

Nationwide, Loyola achieved a place among the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. in Heart Care and Heart Surgery (#26); Ear, Nose and Throat (#41); Endocrinology (#24); Gynecology (#42); and Urology (#33).

The Best Hospitals rankings are based on a rigorous review of more than 5,100 hospitals nationwide. Of those hospitals, only 176 were ranked in even a single specialty this year. Factors used in evaluating the hospitals included reputation, mortality ratios and other care-related measures. The July 17th issue of the magazine is available online at Loyola is an academic medical center dedicated to teaching, medical research and patient care. In the U.S. News & World Report listing, Loyola is identified as F.G. McGaw Hospital at Loyola University. 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 nine out of 18 key technology-related services, such as shaped-beam radiation, the advanced cancer treatment, or positron emission tomography (PET), a scanning device.

For consideration in a specialty, a hospital had to have performed a significant number of defined procedures in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004 or it had to have been recommended by at least one physician in that specialty in U.S. News surveys in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

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 patient 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 2006 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.