O’Connor Hospital makes U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals rankings along with other DCHS hospitals

LOS ALTOS HILLS (March 30, 2011) – St. Vincent Medical Center ranked number nine among 138 hospitals in the LA metropolitan market, and three other Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) hospitals made the list of the US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.

According to DCHS President and CEO Robert Issai, DCHS associates and physicians are dedicated to providing the very best care, always, in a healing environment. “These rankings are one way we measure our progress in delivering on that promise, and guide us in continually improving the patient experience. Our Mission is to provide our patients with holistic care – body, mind and spirit. We are proud to be recognized for the comprehensive quality service we provide to our communities.”

US 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. 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.

St. Vincent Medical Center ranked “high performing” in nine adult specialty areas in the 2010-11 report: cancer; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; kidney disorders; neurology; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. According to the report, St. Vincent “scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.”

To produce its metro rankings, US News first picked hospitals that met its standards for patient volume and other important measures. It then selected facilities that scored in the top 25% in at least 1 of 16 medical specialties, such as oncology or orthopedics, and ranked those located in metropolitan areas of 1 million residents or more.

Other DCHS hospitals ranked among the best are:
• St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood: ranked #25 with three high-performing specialties (Ear, Nose & Throat; Kidney Disorders; and Urology)
• Seton Medical Center, Daly City:  ranked #5 with three high-performing specialties (Gynecology; Kidney Disorders; and Orthopedics)
• O’Connor Hospital, San Jose:  ranked #5 with one high-performing specialty (gynecology)

“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.