Christiana Care Health System has been ranked among the top hospitals in the region with high performance in 11 adult medical specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings.
Of the 93 hospitals in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Christiana Care ranked in the top 10, the only hospital in Delaware providing adult medical care to make the list.
Christiana Care has received Best Hospital rankings from the magazine the past four years. The publication evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide and includes only 3 percent in its rankings.
U.S. News & World Report lists Christiana Care as high performing in:
- Cardiology and Heart Surgery.
- Diabetes & Endocrinology.
- Neurology and Neurosurgery.
The magazine’s Best Hospital metro rankings also include patient-satisfaction scores. Christiana Care’s scores are better than state and national averages on how patients rated the hospital overall and whether patients would recommend the hospital to friends and family.
According to the publication, the core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.
“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high. These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.
The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.
The rankings, annually published by U.S. News & World Report for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.