Scoring Above the Rest 

Aug 27
2009

U.S. News & World Report scored Methodist Hospitals higher than all other NWI hospitals in 8 categories of service.

Merrillville/Gary - Indiana

Each year, for the past 20 years, U.S. News & World Report releases its findings for the top hospitals in the United States. This year, Methodist Hospitals scored higher than all other NWI hospitals in 8 of the 12 categories that largely use care based data to establish score. The 8 categories are: Neurology & Neurosurgery; Diabetes & Endocrine disorders; Urology; Digestive disorders; Cancer; Ear, Nose & Throat; Kidney disorders; and Gynecology.

“The US News & World Report scores reflect our progress and commitment towards becoming the leader in subspecialty care in Northwest Indiana. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our physicians, nurses and employees,” stated Ian McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals.

The U.S. News & World Report determined the scores for each hospital based on a predetermined methodology. Care based data largely established the scores for 12 of the 16 categories of care. U.S. News & World Report states that, “To be a candidate for these specialties, a hospital first had to meet any one of three criteria: be a teaching hospital, have at least 200 beds, or have at least 100 beds and at least four out of eight important medical technologies, such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapies. This year, 44 percent of all hospitals met that test.” Following a fulfillment of these requirements, hospitals then had to show a minimum number of Medicare inpatient discharges for certain procedures and conditions in 2005, 2006, and 2007 or the hospitals must have been nominated by a at least one physician in U.S. News surveys in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Upon meeting these requirements, hospitals are then eligible to receive a score from 0 to 100 based on reputation, death rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

Reputation made up 32.5 percent of the scores. To determine reputation, a random sample of 200 physicians from a national database is selected for each of 12 specialties. These doctors are then asked to list five hospitals which they consider to be among the best in their specialty for difficult cases. Cost and location are not considered in making these lists.

Another 32.5 percent of the scores are based on a mortality index. The mortality index illustrates the hospitals ability to keep patients alive. This statistic represents a comparison between the number of deaths within 30 days of admission in 2005, 2006, and 2007 with the number of deaths that would have been expected given the severity of each patient's illness. Once these statistics are compared, an index number is assigned to each hospital. An index above 1.00 means the hospital did worse than expected; below 1.00, better than expected. Other care-related factors comprised an additional 30 percent of the score. These factors include nurse staffing, technology, and other care-related information. 5 percent more of the score is based on a patient safety index. The patient safety index describes how well a hospital minimizes harm to patients.

Once all of these variables are taken into account, a score is determined and assigned for each eligible hospital in the applicable specialties of care.

Methodist Hospitals has a strong commitment to responding to the needs of their physicians and patients. Our regional reputation for excellence since 1923 continues to support our market position. Methodist is a not-for-profit, 625 bed community-based healthcare system. Stewards of our mission, we reinvest in our cities and towns through charitable giving, community education programs, support services, screenings, and by ensuring quality care to the most vulnerable and underserved citizens. We strive to be a part of our community as a strong advocate for its continued physical, emotional and economic well-being.

Methodist has two full service campuses just 14 miles apart. Northlake Campus is located in Gary, Indiana, and the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, Indiana. Combined campus bed capacity is 625 plus nurseries. Midlake Campus, an outpatient facility in Gary, conveniently located between our Northlake and Southlake campuses just off of Interstate 94. The Rehab Centers, providing outpatient rehabilitation services at Midlake, opened in 2003. Located adjacent to the main entrance of the Southlake Campus in Merrillville, is the Diagnostic Outpatient Center and Merrillville Surgery Center. Built in 2006, this facility provides advanced diagnostic and imaging services and laboratory services as well as professional offices for many of our medical staff.

Our medical staff of more than 500 physicians represents nearly 60 medical specialties. Methodist is a major local employer with over 2,100 employees. Our volunteer guild is more than 200 strong. Our mission is to provide compassionate, quality health care services to all those in need. Our vision is to be the best place for employees to work, the best place for patients to receive care and the best place for physicians to practice medicine.

To learn more about the US News & World Report Rankings visit www.usnews.com

For more information or to interview/photograph Methodist Hospital employees, please contact me, my contact information is located below.

Amber Raza
Marketing and Corporate Communications
P: 219.886.4474
F: 219.886.4592
E: araza@methodisthospitals.org

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