Eight Banner hospitals in top 12 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Metro Phoenix Area rankings
PHOENIX (March 29, 2011) -- Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center is number one, and seven other Banner hospitals in metro Phoenix are in the top 12 of the U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable, and delicate pancreatic procedures.
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center has been recognized by U.S .News as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for 11 years. The hospital ranked in six specialty areas in the 2010-11 report: Diabetes & Endocrinology (#37), Gastroenterology (#45), Geriatrics (#38), Gynecology (#35), Heart and Heart Surgery (#33), Kidney Disorders (#44).
The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of health care consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News-ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel far to get care at a high-performing hospital.
“With Banner Good Samaritan ranked number one and seven other Banner hospitals ranked in the top 12 of the U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals in Phoenix,’ it’s clear that no matter where you live in metro Phoenix you are in close proximity to a Banner hospital recognized for excellent patient care,” said Banner Health President and CEO Peter S. Fine.
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
Banner hospitals ranked in the top 12 are:
- Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center: 1 six high-performing specialties
- Banner Desert Medical Center: 4 (t), with 10 high-performing specialties
- Banner Thunderbird Medical Center: 4 (t), with 10 high-performing specialties
- Banner Estrella Medical Center: 8, with four high-performing specialties
- Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center: 10 (t), with two high-performing specialties
- Banner Heart Hospital – 10 (t), with two high-performing specialties
- Banner Baywood Medical Center – 12 (t) with one high-performing specialty
- Banner Boswell Medical Center – 12 (t) with one high-performing specialty
“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”
For the full list of metro area rankings visit www.usnews.com/hospitals.
About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the largest, nonprofit health care systems in the country. The system owns or manages 23 acute-care hospitals, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including physician clinics and home care and hospice services. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming.