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Area hospitals receives US News & World Report recognition

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-2015 in gastroenterology/GI surgery, nephrology and urology by U.S. News & World Report. Baylor All Saints Grapevine was also ranked in the same category.
Baylor All Saints, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 574-bed, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital. The hospital’s medical and health care services include heart and vascular, cancer care, transplantation, women’s services and neurosciences. The hospital has more than 1,800 employees and a medical staff comprised of more than 1,100 physicians representing nearly 25 specialties.
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.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked five Texas Health Resources hospitals among the best in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the 2014 Best Hospitals metro-area rankings.

“This recognition is about much more than rankings; it speaks to the quality care we deliver and represents the hard work and dedication of physicians, nurses and hospital leadership across our health care system,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We’re honored that our hospitals have been recognized as they deliver each day on our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.”

Texas Health hospitals ranked in the U.S. News listing are:

• Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth — ranked No. 3. Listed as high-performing in cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — ranked No. 5. Listed as high-performing in diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.
• Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano — ranked No. 8. Listed as high-performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics and orthopedics.
• Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital — ranked No. 12 (tie). Listed as high-performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery.
• Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South — ranked No. 12 (tie). Listed as high-performing in neurology and neurosurgery.


Other Tarrant County hospitals were honored in the regional rankings, all with high performing speciality areas. The others are: JPS Health Network, Medical Center Arlington and Plaza Medical Center.

For 2014-2015, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-2015 earned national ranking in even one specialty.
The rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

 

-Betty Dillard
bdillard@bizpress.net
 

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