The Queen’s Medical Center has been recognized as Best Hospital in Hawai’i by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 24th annual edition, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Queen’s had 23,040 admissions in the latest year for which data are available. It performed 7,333 annual inpatient and 14,963 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 56,858 visits. The Best Hospitals rankings were announced on July 16, 2013.
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“The Queen’s Medical Center is honored to be nationally recognized as the Best Hospital in our state,” said Art Ushijima, QHS/QMC President. “Our dedicated Queen’s team is committed to providing the highest quality of patient care to the people of Hawai’i.”
The rankings recognized The Queen’s Medical Center as “high-performing” in Cancer; Diabetes and Endocrinology; Ear, Nose, and Throat; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Nephrology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; and Urology. U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Highlights of the 2013-14 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 Guidebook, to go on sale in August. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. For specific information on Queen’s rankings, visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/hi/queens-medical-center-6950380.