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Baylor Dallas Recognized In U.S. News Media Group's 2009 - 2010 America's Best Hospitals
Date:7/16/2009

DALLAS, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For the seventeenth consecutive year, U.S. News has listed Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas) in its America's Best Hospitals issue. Baylor Dallas is the only North Texas hospital to achieve this distinction.

"National recognition just reaffirms my belief of Baylor's quality," said Joel Allison, president and chief executive officer, Baylor Health Care System. "I could not be more proud of the safe, quality, compassionate health care provided to each and every one of our patients."

Baylor Dallas is ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals in gynecology (32nd) and kidney disorders (47th). Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (Baylor Rehab) is ranked 13th among the nation's top rehabilitation facilities. The Baylor hospitals are two of 174 medical centers nationwide that are recognized in the 2009 - 2010 America's Best Hospitals guide, which will be on newsstands July 21.

The multi-platform 2009-10 America's Best Hospitals guide includes rankings of 174 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties--with full data available online for another 1,500 unranked hospitals. The 16 ranked specialties are cancer; diabetes & endocrine disorders; digestive disorders; ear, nose, and throat; geriatric care; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; rehabilitation; respiratory disorders; rheumatology; and urology.

"Building and maintaining Baylor's reputation for quality clinical care and patient satisfaction is a team effort," says Baylor Dallas Chief Medical Officer, Irving Prengler, M.D. "I thank the entire staff for helping us stand out again on the national stage--for an impressive 17 years running."

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation ranked 13th among the nation's top 25 rehabilitation facilities, marking 13 years for Baylor Rehab's recognition in the "America's Best Hospitals" issue. "I couldn't be more proud of our dedicated staff and physicians for earning this high honor again this year," says Jon Skinner, president, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation. "They are absolutely driven to offer each patient their very best each day--and all those successful days have added up to 13 years on this prestigious list."

Methodology

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties--all but ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--are predominantly driven by hard data. There are four components: reputation, death rate, patient safety (new this year), and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that it must meet any of three conditions: be a teaching hospital; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.

2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume of certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated by at least one physician in the last three years of our annual specialist survey.

3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, patient safety, and factors like nurse staffing and technology. In the four other specialties--ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--ranking is based solely on nominations from the three most recent physician surveys.

In 2008, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas treated nearly 40,000 inpatients and more than 250,000 outpatients. The 1,025-bed hospital is a Level I trauma center with more than 1,250 physicians on the medical staff; nearly 200 medical residents and fellows; and 5,225 employees. More than 800 clinical research trials are currently underway at Baylor Research Institute.

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation is a 92-bed, not-for-profit hospital located adjacent to Baylor Dallas that specializes in comprehensive rehabilitation services including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes and other orthopaedic and neurological disorders.

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas or Baylor Health Care System


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