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Mercy makes U.S. News and World Report ‘best hospitals’ rankings

SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center has been ranked in U.S. News Media & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, published annually by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Aug. 30.
The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty. Mercy ranked as “high performing in urology.”
“At Mercy Medical Center, we continuously strive for clinical excellence through the delivery of high quality care. The U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of Mercy Medical Center among the nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’ provides additional validation of our team’s success in providing the highest quality of patient care,” Daniel P. Moen, president and CEO, Sisters of Providence Health System, said.
“Mercy Medical Center’s recognition as ‘high performing’ in urology is due in large part to the leadership of Urology Chief David Kelley, MD, and the expertise of our entire team of urologists, who consistently demonstrate their knowledge of the most recent advances in the diagnostics and treatment of urologic disorders. Their use of the most advanced, minimally invasive surgical tools and techniques, such as Mercy’s da Vinci Surgical System, also reflects their commitment to keeping pace with the evolution of technology,” Scott A. Wolf, D.O., MPH, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, Mercy Medical Center, said.
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.
“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor, said. “Hospitals like these are the ones you or those you are close to you should consider when the stakes are high.
“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow continued.
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties — death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data.
Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
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