Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids was founded in 1846. Courtesy Spectrum Health
Three local hospitals offer some of the best specialized medical care in the nation.
The “Best Hospitals” ranking for 2014-15 released today by U.S. News & World Report rates several adult medical specialties at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital and pediatric medical specialties at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital as “nationally ranked” programs.
Spectrum Health said 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for the “Best Hospitals” ranking earned a national ranking in one specialty.
Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hostpial in East Grand Rapids are nationally ranked for five adult medical specialties: 25th for diabetes and endocrinology; 49th for ear, nose and throat; 49th for gastroenterology and GI surgery; 23rd for gynecology; and 20th for pulmonology.
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked for three pediatric medical specialties: 28th for cancer; 50th for nephrology; and 33rd for urology.
“We are honored to be ranked among the best hospitals in the country and to have so many specialties considered high performing,” said Richard Breon, president and chief executive officer, Spectrum Health. “It is a tremendous reflection on our physicians and employees and understates our commitment to providing value and quality to West Michigan.”
Grand Rapids metro
10 “Best Hospitals” in Michigan
1. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
2. University of Michigan and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
3. Spectrum Health
4. Beaumont Hospital, Troy
5. Harper University Hospital, Detroit
6. Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
7. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, Ypsilanti
8. Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Wyandotte
8. Mercy Health St. Mary’s
8. Munson Medical Center, Traverse City
Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2014
U.S. News & World Report said the national hospital ranking identifies the best medical centers for patients whose illnesses pose challenges, due to underlying conditions, procedure difficulty or other medical complications. Hospitals are ranked in 16 specialty areas.
To be eligible, hospitals must meet one of four requirements: be considered a teaching hospital; be affiliated with a medical school; have more than 200 beds; or have 100 beds, in addition to four or more medical technologies significant for the patient population.
U.S. News & World Report analyzes hospital reputations based on a physician survey and health care performance measures, such as structure, process and outcomes.
The performance measures evaluate criteria such as hospital volume, technology, patient safety and risk-adjusted mortality rate.
The report draws on data from national resources ranging from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey and the National Cancer Institute’s list of designated cancer centers to the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review.