Spectrum Health ranks among Best Hospitals in nation


Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was founded in 1873 and is part of the Spectrum Health Medical Center in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Spectrum Health

Spectrum Health has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in three medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report in its 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings.

Additionally, Spectrum Health is recognized as high performing in nine medical specialties.

Among the Best Hospitals in Michigan, the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor ranks first, while Spectrum ranks third.

The overall Best Hospital in the nation this year is Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. None of the top 18 nationally is in Michigan.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital are ranked 20th in gynecology, 25th in diabetes and endocrinology and 40th in pulmonology in the national rankings. This is the first year the Spectrum hospitals were nationally ranked in pulmonology.

The Spectrum hospitals also are recognized as high-performing in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.

The Best Hospitals 2013-14 rankings evaluated approximately 5,000 hospitals, with 147 nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The Best Hospitals are grouped into 16 separate specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology; rehabilitation; rheumatology and urology.

In four specialties, ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology, the hospitals are also ranked by their reputation among physicians, as determined by surveys.

The Best Hospitals in Grand Rapids, in the ranking by metro areas, are Spectrum and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Each of the state's Best Hospitals below is recognized as high perfoming in at least one specialty. 

Best Hospitals in Michigan for 2013-14

1. University of Michigan

2. Beaumont in Royal Oak

3. Spectrum

4. Harper University

5. Henry Ford Detroit

6. Beaumont in Troy

7. Munson in Traverse City

7. Oakwood in Dearborn

9. Huron Valley-Sinai

9. Sinai-Grace in Detroit

11. Bronson

11. Henry Ford Wyandotte

11. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

14. DMC Detroit Receiving

15. Beaumont Grosse Pointe

15. Henry Ford Macomb

15. Oakwood Southshore in Trenton

15. Providence in Southfield

19. Hurley

19. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

21. McLaren Macomb

21. Sparrow

21. St. John in Detroit

24. Allegiance Health

24. Battle Creek

24. Borgess Medical in Kalamazoo

24. Henry Ford West Bloomfield

24. St. Joseph Mercy in Oakland

29. Botsford

29. Covenant Medical in Saginaw

29. Crittendon

29. Genesys Regional in Grand Blanc

29. Karmanos Cancer Center

29. Lakeland Regional in Saint Joseph

29. Marquette General

29. McLaren Greater Lansing

29. McLaren Northern Michigan

29. Mercy Health Partners, Muskegon

29. Oakwood Annapolis

Source: U.S. News

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