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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
US News: No Nationally Ranked Specialties in Hawaii Hospitals
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 5320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

From US News and World Report

No hospitals in Hawaii are nationally ranked. Three hospitals met standards for strong performance within the state. All three are in the Honolulu metro area. 

  • Queens Medical Center has no nationally ranked specialties, 10 High-Performing Specialties.
  • Kaiser Permanente Moanalua has no nationally ranked specialties, 2 High-Performing Specialties.
  • Straub Clinic and Hospital has no nationally ranked specialties, 1 High-Performing Specialties.

(No sister-island hospital made the grade.)

Read ...  Best Hospitals in Hawaii

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How U.S. News Selected the Best Regional Hospitals

'High-performing' hospitals

The methodology behind the 2012-13 Best Hospitals national rankings is also used to recognize Best Regional Hospitals. The national rankings encompass 16 medical specialties, and up to 50 hospitals (infrequently 51 or 52 in the event of ties) are ranked in each specialty. Additional hospitals in a specialty are recognized as high-performing. Hospitals that are either nationally ranked or high-performing in at least one specialty are recognized as Best Regional Hospitals.

In 12 specialties, a hospital must be in the top 25 percent of all hospitals that qualified for possible national ranking, and thus received a U.S. News Score, by meeting various standards that included specialty-specific minimums for patient volume. In Cancer, for example, 901 hospitals in the original 4,793-hospital universe qualified to receive a U.S. News Score this year, and only 25 percent of those were ranked or recognized as high-performing in Cancer.

In the other four specialties—Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation, and Rheumatology—the rankings are based solely on hospitals' reputations with surveyed medical specialists; hospitals are recognized as high-performing if they received nominations from at least 3 percent of the responding specialists. (Hospitals nominated by 5 percent or more of specialists are nationally ranked.)

The number of high-performing hospitals by specialty: Cancer (176), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (130), Diabetes & Endocrinology (232), Ear, Nose & Throat (122), Gastroenterology (342), Geriatrics (333), Gynecology (232), Nephrology (366), Neurology & Neurosurgery (283), Ophthalmology (7), Orthopedics (362), Psychiatry (14), Pulmonology (365), Rehabilitation (9), Rheumatology (7), and Urology (326).

Regional designations

This year, U.S. News recognized Best Regional Hospitals at three geographic levels: states, metro areas, and other regions.

First, all Best Regional Hospitals were recognized within their respective state by being given a numerical State Rank, provided that the state has two or more such hospitals and that at least one of them is either nationally ranked in at least one specialty or high-performing in at least four specialties.

Eight states did not meet these criteria: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada, Vermont, and Wyoming. Best Regional Hospitals in those states were recognized but did not receive a numerical State Rank. The 2012-13 rankings are the first in which U.S. News has published state-by-state hospital rankings....

read ... How U.S. News Selected the Best Regional Hospitals

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