Washington D.C. – July 19, 2011 – St. Luke’s Health System’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers have been ranked as High Performing in the specialty fields of ear, nose and throat; gynecology; and urology by U.S. News & World Report.
St. Luke’s rankings are featured in the in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center also received recognition as high performing in the specialty fields of diabetes & endocrinology; gynecology, orthopedics and urology. Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Treasure Valley for the overall quality of health care.
The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.
“It’s an honor to receive national recognition for the quality of care at St. Luke’s, and we also congratulate Saint Alphonsus on its recognition,” said Gary Fletcher, CEO of St. Luke’s Treasure Valley.
“The community should be very proud that the Treasure Valley is served by two health care systems that are nationally recognized for the quality of care they provide.”
Improving the quality of care is an ongoing effort at the five hospitals and more than 100 clinics of St. Luke’s Health System.
“National rankings are an important benchmark to measure St. Luke’s performance and provide an opportunity to reflect on our successes, but we recognize there is always more to do,” Fletcher said. “St. Luke’s remains focused on its goal of becoming a national leader in health care quality and delivering on our promise to the community to deliver the right care at the right time, every time.”
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.”
Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.
“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,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, nurse staffing, 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.
About St. Luke’s Health System
St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only locally-controlled not-for-profit health care system employing more than 9,400 people. Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s now has five hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum and McCall, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho, and eastern Oregon. With a mission “to improve the health of people in our region,” St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit www.stlukesonline.org.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.