Beaumont Among U.S. News and World Report's 'Best Hospitals'

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is once again ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report.

Beaumont, Royal Oak is ranked in six medical specialties in the 2010-11 "Best Hospitals" lists announced by U.S. News today. The rankings are online and will appear in the August print issue of the magazine.

Beaumont's overall medical specialties and rankings are:

Beaumont was one of only four Michigan hospitals ranked on the lists.

"Beaumont's rankings on these prestigious national lists highlight our reputation for medical and academic excellence," says Ananias Diokno, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, Beaumont Hospitals. "The expertise of our physicians, the outstanding quality of care provided by our nurses and staff and the exceptional support provided by hospital leadership were essential components for achieving this recognition."

A total of 1,892 hospitals nationwide met eligibility requirements for the 2010-11 "Best Hospitals" lists. Of those, only 152 medical centers scored high enough to be ranked in at least one of the 16 medical specialties analyzed by U.S. News.

Of the 16 specialties, 12 were ranked based on measurable data such as death rates, procedure volume, nurse staffing, technology and a reputation score based on a survey of physicians. Four lists were based on reputation scores only. Complete rankings are accessible online today at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings and on newsstands July 27.

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, or be affiliated with a medical school, or 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.

Beaumont's 1,061-bed hospital in Royal Oak is a major academic, research and referral center with Level I trauma designation. It was named Michigan's first Magnet-designated hospital for nursing excellence and is an associate member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related institutions. Beaumont, Royal Oak has been named the "most preferred hospital" in a five-county area for 14 consecutive years in a consumer survey by National Research Corporation.