Miami Valley Hospital makes list of top hospitals

The Miami Valley Hospital main campus just south of downtown Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

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The Miami Valley Hospital main campus just south of downtown Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

Ranking a testament to great work of team, care provided, hospital’s president says.

Premier Health’s Miami Valley Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of the nation’s 100 best hospitals for a sixth straight year.

The distinction places the hospital among the top 2% of 4,500 hospitals analyzed by Healthgrades.

Several other hospitals in the region made the broader list of 250 top hospitals, including Mercy Health - Springfield Regional Medical Center and Fort Hamilton Hughes Memorial Hospital.

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Mike Uhl, president of Miami Valley Hospital, says it’s a testament to the great work of the team and the great care provided at the hospital.

“Coming off of a year like 2020 where we have a major surge in the fourth quarter, this is a huge sense of pride to our team members who quite honestly just battled on a day to day basis around the COVID and dealing with the non-COVID patients as well,” Uhl said.

”They were exhausted but they came in every day to do their job and they did it well and this is a tribute to the great care that they provide and continue to provide throughout 2020, prior to 2020, and going forward,” Uhl said.

Miami Valley Hospital, which is part of Dayton-based Premier Health, has 970 licensed beds. The award includes its additional sites, Miami Valley Hospital North in Englewood and Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville.

For the 2021 award, Healthgrades analyzed the performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide from fiscal years 2017 to 2019, looking across 32 conditions and procedures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sepsis, and stroke.

Hospitals cannot opt in or out of the rankings, though hospitals that are highly rated providers have to first license Healthgrades’ ratings and trademarks so they can use them in marketing promotions.

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Healthgrades is among several organizations that publish regular lists ranking and evaluating hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group maintains an online tool, hospitalsafetygrade.org, where hospitals are scored based on areas like infection rates, practices to prevent errors and problems with surgery. Leapfrog uses a mix of self-reported data and data that hospitals reported to regulators.

Medicare.gov also has online search tools, where people can use Medicare.gov to compare different facilities based on a wide range of measures such as complication rates, patient satisfaction surveys and whether medical imaging is recommended appropriately.

There are also annual rankings published in US News and World Report for hospitals overall and for specific specialties.

An article published July 2020 in the Journal of the American Medical Association said hospital ratings can potentially provide useful information for patients if the ratings are clear and accurate and the methods used to generate the ratings are rigorous and transparent.

The authors said noted that Leapfrog, US News and CMS ratings and rankings can have conflicting information which “may lead hospitals and health systems to misdirect resources toward improving rankings on a particular measure and potentially miss opportunities to improve health and health care delivery.”

The authors recommended several changes including shifting from ranking hospitals against each other to instead giving each hospital a rating, noting rankings can’t always differentiate between hospitals with higher quality care and hospitals that care for a healthier and wealthier population to begin with.

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