Maine has one of "America's Best Hospitals" - U.S.News & World Report
Maine Medical Center appears in the 2008 U.S.News and World Report "America's Best Hospitals" rankings, for the second year in a row. Only 170 medical centers of the 5,453 evaluated made any of the lists. MMC is ranked number 41 out of 50 in the "Gynecology" category.
MMC made the list largely on the strength of objective measures that include a mortality rate better than expected, a strong nurse-patient ratio, whether or not the hospital is a nursing Magnet hospital (like MMC), the availability of related advanced services, and the availability of related patient services.
"This ranking confirms other measures of the clinical quality of our gynecologic programs," says Richard Petersen, MMC President and Chief Executive Officer. "What's more, it speaks to the overall quality of Maine Medical Center. We all know that it takes the entire hospital staff and a great medical staff together as a team to provide high quality care in any specialty, and that our research and education programs - while not factored into these rankings - are key contributors to the kind of quality that exists here.
"That MMC scored so high on the components of the ranking that are based on objective criteria is extraordinary testimony to how well we do on the matters that count most," Petersen says.
"Maine Medical Center has consistently had a strong commitment to women's health, providing the only specialists in the state for women's cancers, high risk pregnancies, and in vitro fertilization," says Hector Tarraza, MD, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center. "With the new Family Birth Center we'll open in September, we'll continue to bring innovative care delivered with compassion to the families in our community. It is a great feeling to know that when a woman arrives at Maine Medical Center, she will be cared for by an outstanding team of doctors, nurses, and staff. I am extremely proud of that."
"What this means for women in our community is that they can trust that we are providing high quality care," Petersen says. "It means that the Medical Center's staff focus on excellence has produced national caliber gynecologic care right here at home."
Other "best hospitals" include Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
Maine Medical Center is a complete healthcare resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unprecedented depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23% of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of MaineHealth, a growing family of healthcare services in southern, central, and western Maine.
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