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Four Allegheny Health Network Hospitals Named High Performers by U.S. News
Date:7/23/2014

y, pulmonology and urology.

Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie PA, is designated as a high performer in gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery and pulmonology.
The Best Hospitals rankings are intended to help patients with life-threatening or rare conditions identify hospitals that excel in treating the most difficult cases. Hospitals are ranked nationally in 16 specialties.

The rankings are based on a combination of objective clinical information gleaned from Medicare outcomes data and the annual American Hospital Association Survey - including patient mortality rates, patient safety scores, nurse-to-patient ratio, procedure volumes and technological capabilities - and a hospital’s reputation score in each category as determined by a random, national survey of medical specialists across the country.

U.S. News made several changes to the Best Hospitals rankings methodology this year, including adding new data and greater emphasis on patient safety. Patient safety metrics now account for 10 percent of each hospital’s overall score, in most specialties – twice as much as in past years.

The role of hospital reputation diminished by 5 percentage points this year.

“U.S. News strives to provide patients and their families with the most comprehensive data available on hospitals,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “With an estimated 400,000 deaths occurring in hospitals each year from medical errors, measuring safety performance is critical to understanding how well a hospital cares for its patients.”

The research organization RTI International, in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, conducted the physician survey and produced the Best Hospitals methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News.

Risk-adjusted survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and patient volume are among the array of data points on each ranked hospi
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