LLUMC named one of America's best hospitals

LLUMC named one of America's best hospitals

Friday, July 11, 2008


Loma Linda University Medical Center Ranks # 45 in Ear, Nose & Throat Specialty in U.S. News Media Group’s 2008 Edition of America’s Best Hospitals

Washington, D.C. – July 11, 2008 – Loma Linda University Medical Center has been ranked # 45 in the Ear, Nose & Throat specialty in U.S. News’s 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals, accessible today online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Monday, July 14.

Authoritative and influential, the 2008 America’s Best Hospitals guide ranks 170 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties--with full data available online for another 1,500 that are unranked. In addition, the Honor Roll singles out the “best of the best.”

The 16 ranked specialties are cancer; gastroenterology; ear, nose, and throat; endocrinology; geriatric care; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.

“The America’s Best Hospitals rankings provide readers with trusted material during some of life’s most concerning times – hospitalization,” said Brian Kelly, editor of U.S.News & World Report. “Our rankings highlight the internal culture of excellence embraced by caregivers in the great hospitals throughout the U.S.”

“Talent and money alone don’t put hospitals in the rankings,” agreed Best Hospitals editor Avery Comarow. “The truly best hospitals are never satisfied,” he said. “Of course they have high medical standards. But the emphasis is not only on doing well, but always doing better--squeezing another few percentage points out of the infection rate, improving the quality of life of elderly patients besides helping more of them survive.”

“We’ve been fortunate to attract board certified and fellowship-trained physicians in each sub-specialty of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery,” says Alfred A. Simental, MD, chairman of the department of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). “We are equally blessed to have a strong referral base of excellent community physicians in the Inland Empire and Desert region.”

Ruthita J. Fike, CEO of LLUMC, shares Dr. Simental’s enthusiasm. “We are absolutely honored to rank among the best hospitals in the country,” Ms. Fike notes. “More importantly, we are proud to be the only hospital in this region to make the list — and be able to provide the best health care we have to offer to the communities of the Inland Empire.”

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The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties weigh three elements equally: reputation, death rate, and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that any of three conditions be met--to be a teaching hospital, to be affiliated with a teaching hospital, or to have at least six important medical technologies from a defined list of 13.

2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume in certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated in our yearly specialist survey.

3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

About the U.S. News Media Group

The U.S. News Media Group is a multi-platform digital publisher of news and analysis which includes U.S.News & World Report magazine, www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Money & Business, Education and Public Service/Opinion, the U.S. News Media Group has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News Media Group’s signature franchises include its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its “America’s Best” series of consumer guides that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, health plans and more.