Maine has one of "America's Best Hospitals"
Maine Medical Center appears in the 2007 U.S.News and World Report "America's Best Hospitals" rankings, the first time it or any Maine hospital has joined this prestigious club . Only 173 medical centers out of the 5,462 evaluated made any of the lists.
Other "best hospitals" include the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Yale-New Haven Medical Center.
MMC is ranked number 50 out of 50 in the "Heart and Heart Surgery" category, and number 45 out of 50 in the "Orthopedics" category. In "Heart and Heart Surgery", MMC made the list largely on the strength of a mortality rate better than expected, a strong nurse staffing ratio, the availability of related advanced services, and the availability of related patient services. In "Orthopedics", the prevailing factors were a better-than-expected mortality rate, a strong nurse staffing ratio, and the availability of related advanced services.
"These rankings confirm other measures of the clinical quality of our cardiac and orthopedic programs," says Vincent S. Conti, MMC President and Chief Executive Officer. "What's more, they speak to the overall quality of Maine Medical Center. We all know that it takes an entire hospital and a great medical staff to produce high quality care in any specialty, and that our research and education programs - while not factored into these rankings - are a key contributor to the kind of quality that exists here.
"The fact 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," he says. "While we may not yet have the broad national reputation which contributed to the rankings of many of the other listed hospitals, we do have a well-deserved regional reputation - and great results."
The objective measures include mortality, nurse-patient ratios, whether or not the hospital is a nursing Magnet hospital (like MMC), the presence of related advanced services and related patient services, and whether or not it is a trauma center.
"What this means for people in our community is that they can trust that we are providing high quality care," Conti says. "It means that the Medical Center's staff focus on excellence has produced national caliber heart and orthopedic care right here at home."
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