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Akron General ranks among nation’s best hospitals
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Once again, Akron General Medical Center has been named to the list of hospitals honored as the best in America by U.S. News and World Report in its annual listing of Best Hospitals 2014-15.
Akron General was nationally ranked in pulmonology (40) and in otolaryngology (45). In addition, Akron General maintained its ranking as the fifth best hospital in Ohio, also retaining its claim as the best hospital in Summit County.
Akron General was again honored by U.S. News and World Report as maintaining 10 “High-Performing” medical specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.
According to hospital officials, Akron General’s designation as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence and its recent expenditures for the highest technologies in neurosciences and vascular surgery help maintain Akron General’s area-wide leadership in providing extraordinary clinical care.
“We are thrilled to receive this important designation from U.S. News in their impressive list of America’s Best Hospitals,” said Dr. Thomas “Tim” Stover, president and CEO of Akron General Health System. “We are completely focused on our patients every hour of every day, dedicating our efforts to providing the highest quality care safely and compassionately. These rankings and our consistency in being listed among the very best reflect how our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and entire staff keep patients in the forefront of everything they do. I am proud of everyone at Akron General who contributed in bringing us this major national distinction. They have my sincere gratitude for making Akron General the area leader in providing extraordinary health care.”
On the nationally ranked list, Akron General notched a gain from last year. Akron General improved this year with pulmonary care moving up to 40th on the list from 43rd last year.
Summa endocrinology, gastroenterology programs recognized for excellence
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Summa Health System has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-performing hospitals in the specialties of endocrinology (diabetes care) and gastroenterology.
Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country evaluated for these high honors, 144 received national rankings in this, the 25th year that U.S. News has provided the report.
Summa also was ranked as the sixth best hospital in Ohio out of the 225 hospitals reviewed by U.S. News.
“Summa Health System is extremely proud of the rankings we have achieved in this year’s U.S. News report,” said Tom Strauss, president and CEO of Summa Health System. “I am particularly pleased with our outstanding performance in Ohio, which is a testament to all of our dedicated and highly skilled medical teams. And to be ranked again nationally in two specialties is an honor. I commend all who work in our endocrinology and gastroenterology departments and thank them for their great service to our patients.”
Rankings are determined by U.S. News after an examination of hospitals that take on and excel at treating difficult procedures and conditions and utilize the latest in technology, according to Summa officials. The publication evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. The list of Best Hospitals will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” Guidebook, which is available on newsstands this month. Rankings also may be viewed at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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