Geriatrics Program Cited Among 50 Best in the Nation
LITTLE ROCK – For the ninth consecutive year, UAMS Medical Center has been named by U.S.News & World Report to its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” moving up four places from last year. UAMS is the only hospital in the state named to the list.
In its July 12 issue, which hits newsstands July 5, the magazine ranks the geriatrics clinical care program at the
This follows an announcement in April that the UAMS geriatrics program has moved from No. 9 to No. 8, ahead of
“It is a great honor to once again be recognized as one of ‘
The Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging at UAMS is designated as a
This is the 15th year for the U.S.News & World Report list of “
“To be named to the list of top-50 geriatrics programs in the
Among other hospitals around the country named to the list of those providing the best geriatric care along with UAMS were UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, which was No. 1; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., at No. 7; NYU Medical Center in New York at No. 16; and the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, just below UAMS at No. 37.
According to U.S.News & World Report, ranked medical centers “fit a certain mold. They are often referral centers, because their physicians see sicker patients and do higher volumes of tough procedures. … They conduct research that migrates from labs and computer databases to the bedside. And they take advantage of improvements in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.”
The hospitals in the geriatrics listing received scores that equally weighed reputation; mortality; and a group of care-related factors, such as nursing care and technology available. The list of top programs was narrowed to 50.
In determining a hospital’s ranking on reputation, 150 board-certified physicians from every specialty were selected at random from the American Medical Association’s Masterfile of 811,000 doctors and were mailed survey forms. They were asked to list up to five hospitals they believe to be tops in their specialty, without considering location or cost.
The mortality ratio compares in-hospital deaths of Medicare patients admitted in 2000, 2001 and 2002 with certain conditions with the deaths expected after taking severity into account.
Most of the remaining data, such as nursing care and technology availability, came from the 2002 annual survey of hospitals by the American Hospital Association of which