Analysis Of The Top 100 Hospitals

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What is the criterion in making the cut for a place on the list of “The Top 100 Hospitals”? There are many lives at stake, with nearly 100,000 plus Americans hospitalized each day. That equals approximately 40 million hospitalizations per year. As a result, we should be mindful as consumers and potential health care providers of the quality of care taught and provided by the health care system. Following my analyzation of the hospitals, its services and organizational structures I choose the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) located in Seattle, Washington. It opened on May 5, 1959 and grew out of the medical school that the university opened on October 2, 1946. It is home to the world 's first pain center and was the location …show more content…
Cancer is and accounts for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths in the US. The World Health Organization estimates that, worldwide, there were 4 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million cancer-related deaths in 2012. (their most recent data) So it was with great pleasure to find UWMC listed as ranking #5 in the nation in the adult specialty of cancer. Scoring the highest in patient survival 30 days after admission and adjusted for severity and other risk factors with a whooping 10 out 10 rating. This facility is also noted for being home to the first long-term kidney dialysis and an innovative pain treatment center.
As a consumer one of our most concerns in hospital service is the care and knowledge of our nurses. That led to my discovery of the tribute paid to UWMC by The American Nurses Credentialing Center. The tribute announced the hospital as the first in the country to attain Magnet designation, five consecutive times. This award identifies excellence in nursing care and quality patient outcome every four years since 1994. With all these accolades what was the methodology use to select the rankings for “Best Hospital”. The medical centers are assessed in 16 different specialties, from Cancer to Urology.
For 12 of the 16 specialties, an extensive data-driven analysis combines measures of performance in three primary dimensions of healthcare:
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The source for the majority of structural measures is the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey, supplemented by additional resources such as the National Cancer Institute’s list of designated cancer centers.
These processes are represented mostly by a hospital’s reputation for developing and sustaining a system that delivers high-quality care, determined by a survey of board-certified physicians. The rationale is that harm to patients reflects both process performance and an outcomes result.
UWMC focus in-house on data transparency across UW Medicine which gives medical directors access to real-time, online clinical data. The data is discussed and used in department meetings and other leadership team meetings to drive improvements in care delivery.
With all of the processes, studies and evaluations the University of Washington Medical Center has lead the way in the health care management of their patients and the education of medicine to our next generation of

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