U.S. News and World Reports ranks Oakwood hospitals among best in State for 2013-2014

Three Oakwood hospitals are again ranked among the best in the state, according to a study released this week by the U.S. News & World Report. 

The Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC) was ranked sixth in the Detroit metro area in the report for the second consecutive year, and as the seventh best hospital in the state, as well. The Oakwood Southshore Medical Center (OSMC) ranked 12th in the Detroit metro area and 15th in Michigan. Oakwood Annapolis Hospital (OAH) was again ranked in the top 30 in both the Detroit metro area and Michigan, as well. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 24 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, and are available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for the quality services we provide again and again,” said Brian Connolly, president and chief executive office, Oakwood Healthcare. “I couldn’t be more proud of all of our employees who continue to take the extra steps to ensure our patients are well-cared for and have a positive overall experience. It’s a team effort and this is a validation of that hard work.”

At OSMC, the rank marked a pattern of continued improvement. It was rated 19th in the Detroit metro area, and 23rd in Michigan last year.

“These rankings reflect all of the hard work and dedication that our employees have continued to put forth each and every day,” said Edith Hughes, division president, OSMC. “It’s a great motivation for us to have ranked near the top ten, and we will not stop until we reach our goal of being at the top.”
Several departments at OHMC were rated as top-performers for 2013-2014 in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology.

OSMC again was rated as top-performers in the areas of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. Annapolis Hospital received top-performance honors in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The core mission of the Best Hospitals ranking 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, said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. 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.

“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.

Connolly said the rankings were a verification of the compassionate, specialized care that Oakwood staff members provides each and every day to the people throughout southeast Michigan.

“We deliver the best in clinical quality with a personal touch,” said Connolly. “That’s what we’re all about and that’s what makes us a leader in quality, value and compassion.”

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents.