U.S. News just released its Best Hospitals List

Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in central Wisconsin by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“This recognition is really about our Medical Staff and our team of caregivers and support staff, who have always been dedicated to providing a range of high-quality services to our patients,” said Brian Kief, hospital president. “Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital is proud to celebrate this distinction, and thank our physicians and staff for their ongoing dedication to our Promise of keeping patients first in everything we do.”

In the 2014-15 rankings, only 144 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. Another 608 were regional high performers.

Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital was ranked high-performing in: Cancer, Gastroenterology and GI surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Orthopedics and Urology
U.S. News made several changes to the Best Hospitals rankings methodology this year, including adding new data and greater emphasis on patient safety. Patient safety metrics now account for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties – twice as much as in past years. The role of hospital reputation, as determined through a national survey of medical specialists, diminished by 5 percentage points.

“U.S. News strives to provide patients and their families with the most comprehensive data available on hospitals,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “Measuring safety performance is critical to understanding how well a hospital cares for its patients. A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of. A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

The research organization RTI International, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, conducted the physician survey and produced the Best Hospitals methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News.

Risk-adjusted survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and patient volume are among the array of data points on each ranked hospital that are freely available at www.usnews.com/best-hospitals. For more information, please see the Best Hospitals FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook (ISBN 978-1-931469-64-7), which will be available in August.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

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