Stanford Hospital And Clinics Maintains No. 1 Ranking In General Surgery

February 22, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

For the fifth consecutive quarter, Stanford Hospital And Clinics has had the highest patient survival rate among the nation’s academic medical centers for procedures in general surgery. Rankings by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) since July 2007 have placed Stanford No. 1 among 104 comparable hospitals.

“As an institution, we’re incredibly proud of the work that all our clinicians do. Several of our programs are nationally and internationally known for their quality,” said Kevin Tabb, the Hospital’s Vice President for Medical Affairs. “General surgery is an example of the type of program that is concentrated intensively on quality improvement and is seeing that focus translated into top national rankings.”

Thomas Krummel, MD, is the chairman of the Hospital’s Department of Surgery. “These rankings are evidence that our physicians, nurses and Stanford Hospital support staff are firmly focused on how to give patients the best possible result when they are here for surgery,” he said. “We are mindful that every part of the process has value and must be executed with consistent high quality and committed intent. And, we are always looking for ways to improve our service to patients.”

The Hospital’s adult kidney and transplant program was also honored by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients as the only center in the nation to achieve statistically higher than expected results in both patient and graft survival at both one and three years after transplantation.

The Hospital’s overall surgical performance also won a high ranking from UHC. From October 2007 to September 2008, UHC ranked Stanford Hospital & Clinics No. 10 nationally for best aggregate post-surgical survival. The aggregate score includes almost a dozen surgical disciplines, including cardiothoracic, vascular, neurosurgery and orthopedics, but excluding trauma and burns.

Each quarter, the UHC compares data from its member hospitals, adjusted for the severity and complexity of a patient’s medical history. UHC’s member hospitals represent about 90 percent of the nation’s non-profit academic medical centers. UHC defines “general surgery” by specific procedures drawn from several types of surgery, but primarily colorectal and bariatric.

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Stanford Hospital & Clinics is known worldwide for advanced treatment of complex disorders in areas such as cardiac care, cancer treatment, neurosciences, surgery, and organ transplants. Ranked #16 on the U.S. News and World Report annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” Stanford Hospital & Clinics is internationally recognized for translating medical breakthroughs into the care of patients. The Hospital is part of the Stanford University Medical Center, along with the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

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