Strong, others rank nationally on best hospitals list

By WILL ASTOR - 7/17/2013 5:01:53 PM

Three Rochester hospitals—Strong Memorial, Rochester General and Highland—made U.S. News & World Report LP’s just published 2013-2014 list of the best U.S. hospitals with Strong earning top honors locally, regionally and placing fifth among the 248 New York State hospitals the list looked at.  

To compile its best hospital lists, U.S. News & World Report weighs factors including mortality rates, Medicare data, patient satisfaction, patient volume and how doctors practicing at hospitals rate them. Institutions that do not treat a minimum number of patients or whose scores do not meet the list publisher’s minimum standards are not included in its national, statewide or regional rankings.

The best hospital rankings rate hospitals in national state, regional and metropolitan-area lists. They also compare each hospital’s performance in various specialties. National ranking in a specialty indicates that a hospital is among the nation’s top 3 percent. High performance ranking indicates the specialty falls among the top 15 percent nationally.

Strong ranked as first among 13 hospitals in the five-county Rochester metro area and first among 33 Western New York hospitals. It was the only New York hospital outside of the metropolitan New York City area that U.S. News &World Report ranked among the state’s top 10.

Strong earned national rankings in seven specialties—endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, gynecology, nephrology, urology, gastroenterology and GI surgery and pediatric orthopedics. The list publisher cited the University of Rochester Medical Center teaching hospital in six other specialties—cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, otolaryngology, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology—as high-performing.

Rochester General Hospital—rated by U.S. News and World Report as the state’s 17th best—was ranked as the Rochester region’s second best hospital and third best in Western New York. RGH earned high-performing citations for 10 specialties—cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, otolaryngology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonolgy and urology.     

URMC-owned Highland Hospital earned listings as the Rochester area’s third best hospital, the fourth best in Western New York and the state’s 23rd best. The U.S. News & World Report lists cite it as high performing in six specialties—otolaryngology, gastroenterology and GI Surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics and pulmonology.

The full report is available on the magazine’s website at   

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