Sanford Ranks in US News Media Groups 201011 Best Hospitals

Diabetes and Endocrinology Care Recognized Sanford USD Medical Center, in recognition of its patient care, has been ranked among the top for diabetes and endocrinology care in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals, online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News, available on newsstands July 27.  

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(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center, in recognition of its patient care, has been ranked among the top for diabetes and endocrinology care in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals, online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News, available on newsstands July 27.

Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology. Full data is available online for another 1,740 hospitals that qualified for ranking but did not score high enough to be ranked.

"Awards such as this can only be achieved through the dedication and expertise of our researchers, physicians and staff who provide this specialized care to our patients," said Charles O'Brien, MD, President of Sanford USD Medical Center. "Patient safety was ranked especially high in this particular category. However, it is a number one priority in all areas of healthcare we provide. We are extremely proud of the providers who go above and beyond to ensure their patients receive the safest and highest quality of care possible, and this recognition in diabetes and endocrinology truly demonstrates their commitment."

"Everyone on the diabetes and endocrinology team here at Sanford looks at patients in the totality," stated Vishal Bhatia, MD, Sanford Clinic Diabetes and Thyroid. "We pay close attention to all problems associated with their diagnosis. Complete care for our patients is our priority, for both inpatients and outpatients."

Endocrinology is the study of hormones, their receptors, their signaling pathways and the diseases and conditions associated with them. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood sugar (glucose) levels that result from defects in insulin secretion, or action, or both.

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties–ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology–hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, be affiliated with a medical school, have at least 200 beds or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies.

Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

"When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you," said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out."

 

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