Christiana Care Health System has been ranked one of the nation’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
In its annual Best Hospital edition, the publication places Christiana Care’s Department of Medicine among the top 50 listing in the specialty of Gastroenterology.
Christiana Care is the only adult acute-care hospital in Delaware to make the best hospital list. Of more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, fewer than 150 – or three percent – are included.
U.S. News ranks Christiana Care No. 4 out of the 93 hospitals in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Last year, Christiana Care ranked No. 9 in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.
Christiana Care also ranks as a high-performing hospital in 11 specialties:
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery
- Diabetes & Endocrinology
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Neurology & Neurosurgery
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” he said. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties – survival 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, received less importance than in the past.
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.
In the past four years, Christiana Care has received top rankings in Ear, Nose and Throat, Endocrinology, Digestive and Respiratory Disorders.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.