Area hospitals ranked among the best in Ohio

Several area hospitals rank among the best in Ohio for patient care, according to a U.S. News & World Report ranking.

The annual rankings showed Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton ranked highest among local hospitals, showing up at No. 8 on the state list — up two spots from last year.

Miami Valley was the only local hospital to be nationally ranked for adult specialty care, coming in at No. 23 on the list of the best hospitals for treating pulmonary disorders, or diseases involving the respiratory tract. Miami Valley was also recognized as being a “high-performing” hospital in 14 specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.

In addition to Miami Valley, three other hospitals in the Dayton-based Premier Health network — Atrium Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center — also ranked as high-performing in at least one area of care. Good Samaritan also ranked No. 22 in the state.

“We’re proud of the significant strides that all of our hospitals are making in elevating Premier Health’s high-quality care to the next level,” says Mary Boosalis, Premier Health’s president. “We salute our physicians, nurses, other clinicians, and all who support them for their work. This recognition from U.S. News & World Report validates their efforts.”

Kettering Medical Center, a member of the Kettering Health Network chain of hospitals, was the next highest-ranked local hospital in Ohio, placing 17th out of 215 hospitals in the state.

Kettering did not rank nationally in any specialty. However, Kettering was recognized as a “high-performing” hospital in many specialties, including orthopedics, heart failure, colon cancer surgery and knee replacement. U.S. News also recognized Kettering’s Fort Hamilton Hospital as high performing in treating heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) specialties, and also recognized Sycamore Medical Center as high performing in treating heart failure.

“We are so proud to receive this recognition once again,” says Jarrod McNaughton, president of Kettering Medical Center. “Quality is at the heart of all we do and we are pleased that U.S. News & World Report has acknowledged our commitment to quality patient care.”

The Cleveland Clinic was the only hospital in Ohio to land on the U.S. News “elite 20 hospital Honor Roll,” ranking No. 2 behind the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The Cleveland Clinic was ranked nationally in 14 adult and nine pediatric specialties.

U.S. News’ best hospitals methodologies include patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates and adequacy of nurse staffing. But the rankings are also based on the opinions of doctors, which count for nearly a third (27.5 percent) of the U.S. rankings score.

The U.S. News rankings are just one of a number of different hospital rating systems.

Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services released its Hospital Compare report, which showed Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital in Springfield was the only hospital in the Miami Valley to earn the top score in the government’s five-star rating system for patient care.