University of Rochester Medical Center Lauded for Care of Patients with Respiratory Disorders

July 20, 2007

U.S.News & World Report’s 2007 America’s Best Hospitals issue has listed the University of Rochester Medical Center’s programs in Respiratory Disorders as the 37th best in the nation.  The ranking encompasses all of the Medical Center’s pulmonary care programs – from outpatient services to inpatient treatment, including critical care. 

URMC’s program was selected from among 5,462 hospitals evaluated in the magazine’s 18th annual hospitals ranking list.  The ranking of Respiratory Disorders programs – like that of the other 12 data-driven specialty rankings – is based on high volume of demanding procedures, low mortality, availability of technology and advanced patient services, high quality and robust nursing care, and reputation.  In addition, U.S.News ranks four additional specialties solely on the basis of national reputation scores. 

This year marks the first time that URMC’s respiratory care disciplines have been recognized by the magazine.  “This much-appreciated honor is a credit to the effort that our faculty and staff have put into making URMC’s respiratory care patient-friendly and medically innovative,” said Steve Georas, chair of Pulmonary Medicine. 

For instance, last year, the University of Rochester Medical Center was recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as one of the first 14 hospitals in the nation that have eliminated ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).  Through a series of preventive measures, URMC dropped the frequency of VAP from six percent at the start of the initiative to zero in 2006. 

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