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Cindy Ficorelli
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07/24/2009

Genesys named one of America's top 50 hospitals

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) For the second year in a row, US News & World Reportranked Genesys one of the top 50 hospitals in the country.
Genesys earned this distinction in three specialty areas:

Digestive disorders
Neurology and Neurosurgery
Respiratory disorders

Of the 4,861 hospitals reviewed, Genesys is one of only 174 hospitals in the nation and the only one in the region that ranked in one or more specialties. In addition, only seven hospitals in the entire state were rated as a top 50 hospital. Nationally, Genesys shares this ranking with some of the top hospitals in the country: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Cleveland Clinic in OH; and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

US News & World Report does not grade hospitals on routine procedures. Instead, they look at how well institutions perform in complex and demanding situations (eg, replacing a heart valve in an 85 year-old man, diagnosing and treating a spinal tumor, and treating inflammatory bowel disease). Criteria also includes reputation; hard data such as death rates; patient safety; and specific care-related factors (eg nurse staffing, technology). The report summarizes quality of inpatient care.

"When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for someone close to you," reports Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. "These top hospitals are used to getting the sickest patients."

According to James Bonnette, MD, chief clinical officer for Genesys, "our staff works very hard to create an environment of clinical excellence and patient safety for every person we serve. We continually are looking at ways to make improvements in these areas through evidence-based medicine, and we remain focused on reducing the alarmingly high mortality rates in this county through a new model of care called HealthWorks that will improve access to care for the poor and underserved."

The 2009 rankings were produced by RTI International, a leading research corporation based in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

In addition to this designation, Genesys earlier this year was named one of the top 100 hospitals in the US to work for. Only five health care facilities in Michigan made this list. Nursing Professionals, a national magazine for nursing students, named Genesys one of the nation's top hospitals for "representing leadership in the health care industry through upholding the importance of healthy living to parents, creating innovative programs and maintaining quality staff."

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