For the third consecutive year, Stormont Vail Health has been recognized among the best hospitals in the country in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Regional Hospitals rankings. Stormont Vail Health was ranked second in Kansas and achieved the highest rating possible in four procedures or conditions: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), knee replacement, hip replacement and heart failure. The highest performing specialty was pulmonology.
“Being consistently ranked as one of Kansas’ top hospitals affirms the hard work and excellent care our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals provide right here in Kansas,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health president and chief executive officer. “This ranking affirms our strategy to be a national leader in quality, innovation and patient experience.”
Mayo Clinic, with whom Stormont Vail Health is affiliated through the Mayo Clinic Care Network, was ranked first in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, ranking first in more specialties than any other hospital in the nation.
The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety and nurse staffing. Hospitals are ranked nationally in specialties and regionally in states and major metro areas. U.S. News assigns a rating to hospitals in a handful of common procedures and conditions.
According to U.S. News, the Best Regional Hospitals rankings were created to provide consumers who want to stay close to home with an overall assessment of their region’s hospitals across multiple areas of care. To be recognized regionally, a hospital must have been either nationally ranked in one of the 12 specialties or received ratings of high performing in three or more of those specialties or the procedures and conditions.
For patients and their physicians, these and other rankings and ratings should be seen as a starting point when considering where to go for care. Individual diagnosis and personal priorities will dictate their personal best choice.