NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Medical Center was named the top hospital in the New Orleans metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report and one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters National Benchmark Study. Thomson Reuters also named Ochsner Medical Center an Everest Award winner and one of only 15 of the 2011 Major Teaching Hospital award winners.
U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals in Metropolitan Areas
Of the 40 hospitals in the New Orleans metropolitan area, Ochsner Medical Center was named the Best Hospital in New Orleans by U.S. News & World Report. The regional survey represents a change from the annual hospital surveys that U.S. News and World Report has published for more than 20 years. Instead of providing national rankings, this canvas ranks about 600 hospitals in 52 metropolitan areas.
The new metro area rankings are intended primarily for consumers who need care that may not demand the special expertise found at the 152 hospitals in the Best Hospitals national rankings. Patients now will have a better chance of finding a "Best Hospital" in their area and might not have to travel beyond their home city to get care at a high-performing hospital.
Ochsner Medical Center is ranked nationally in seven adult specialties including heart/heart surgery (#23), ear, nose and throat (#28), gastroenterology (#31), orthopedics (#36), pulmonology (#36), gynecology (#39) and geriatrics (#41). Ochsner Medical Center also ranked as high-performing in five adult specialties, including cancer, diabetes/endocrinology, kidney disorders, neurology/neurosurgery and urology. The hospital scored high in patient safety as well, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.
Out of almost 5,000 facilities analyzed for the 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings, only 152 were ranked in any of the 16 specialties. Ochsner Medical Center was one of them.
"We are proud of our physicians, nurses and all of the Ochsner team for this outstanding achievement and this level of clinical outcomes," said Warner Thomas, President and COO, Ochsner Health System. "More importantly, we are proud of the hard work they do each day to save and change patients' lives."
More information on this award can be found on the U.S. News website.
Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®
For the second year in a row, Ochsner Medical Center was named a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® National Benchmark Study winner. Ochsner Medical Center was also named an Everest Award winner and one of only 15 of the 2011 Major Teaching Hospitals award winners.
Within the list, Ochsner Medical Center was one of only six hospitals in the United States to receive the Everest Award and one of 15 hospitals listed as a "Major Teaching Hospital" among peers such as the Mayo Clinic, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Everest Award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.
"The ability to provide excellent healthcare depends on many factors - but people and their ability to work together is certainly a key one," said Michael Hulefeld, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center. "This award emphasizes the excellence of not only our physicians and nurses but also the skill and expertise of our entire staff."
The 18th annual Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study uses objective research and independent public data to recognize the overall performance of nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals in 10 key areas, including mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, clinical care standards, post-discharge ,mortality and re-admission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. The award winners demonstrate that high-quality patient outcomes can be achieved while improving efficiency.
More information can be found at www.100tophospitals.com and also in Modern Healthcare.
These awards are the latest in a string of awards in 2011 for Ochsner Health System. Ochsner Medical Center was also named among the 50 Best Hospitals by Becker's Hospital Review and HealthGrades ranked Ochsner Medical Center among the Top 5 Percent For Superior Patient Outcomes.
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana's largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Hospital" across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.