CANTON – In the latest U.S. News & World Report hospital rankings released today, Aultman Hospital tied for 11th in the state and received high marks on 12 of 17 procedures the publication analyzed.
“It’s an honor for Aultman to be consistently ranked among the best hospitals in Ohio, and it’s a testament to the highest quality of care we continually strive to provide,” Anne Gunther, the chief operating officer of the Aultman Healthcare Delivery System, said in a prepared statement.
She added that especially after more than a year of the pandemic, the hospital remains committed to the highest standards and best patient experience for its community.
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The hospital received the rating of “high performing” for 12 procedures, including knee replacement, hip replacement, heart bypass and treatment of colon cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart attack. For the five non-high performing procedures, the hospital received a rating of “average.”
Aultman Hospital dropped one spot from 10th in the 2020 rankings, leapfrogged by ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
The hospital was tied at 11th with Kettering Health Main Campus near Dayton.
Cleveland Clinic ranked first in the state followed by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.
Aultman is undergoing a leadership transition with new president and CEO Rick Haines taking charge of the hospital system earlier this month, as it faces mounting competition in the region from Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.
“It’s extremely important to remain independent for the benefit (of) our community,” the new CEO told the Repository.
The U.S. News hospital and procedure rankings are based on several factors such as the number of nursing staff, expert surveys and data on patient outcomes.
Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital, which ranked 17th in Ohio in the 2020 edition of the rankings, was not one of the 19 Ohio hospitals ranked this year.
To be regionally ranked in the 2021 edition, a hospital needed to have at least 100 beds, certain technological capacity and be rated as high performing in at least six of 17 procedures, Ben Harder, the chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said in an email.
Last year a hospital only needed to be rated as high performing in three procedures. The increase came after U.S. News added several procedures like heart attack and stroke to the analysis.
Mercy Hospital was rated as high performing in three old procedures and two of the newly added ones, falling just shy of eligibility, Harder said.
Dr. Timothy Crone, the president of Mercy Hospital, said in a prepared statement that the hospital is still working to integrate with Cleveland Clinic’s safety reporting, electronic records and management systems after the merger earlier this year.
“Those systems will support our safety-focused culture and allow us to better serve our patients, and over time will impact the rolling multi-year average of our U.S. News scores,” he said.
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Aultman Alliance Hospital was also unranked.
Cleveland Clinic ranked second in the nation just behind Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston rounded out the country’s top five.
In neighboring Summit County, Cleveland Clinic Akron General placed seventh in Ohio and Summa Akron City Hospital tied for 14th. Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital ranked 19th in the state.
To read all the rankings, go to: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.
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