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Miami Valley Hospital Rated Among the Best in the Nation

Dayton, OH – July 11, 2008 – U.S. News & World Report has named Miami Valley Hospital as one of the top-rated hospitals in the nation for orthopedic care in its annual issue devoted to “America’s Best Hospitals”.

The award marks the sixth time Miami Valley has earned a spot on the list of best hospitals.  This year’s recognition is the first that the hospital has received for orthopedics.
The 2008 America’s Best Hospital Guide ranks 170 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. Last year MVH a ranked among best hospitals for the specialties of ear, nose and throat and respiratory care.  In 2004 the hospital made the list in the specialty areas of digestive disorders, heart surgery, and respiratory disorders. In 2003 it was ranked by the publication for being a top medical center for geriatrics, gynecology, and respiratory disorders and in 2002 earned recognition for being a best hospital for the specialty fields of geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, rheumatology, and respiratory disorders. MVH made its first appearance on the U.S. News & World Report list inn 1999 in the specialty area of respiratory disorders.

According to the editors of U.S. News and World Report, The America’s Best Hospitals Guide provides readers with trusted material to help them make decisions about a hospitalization. The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties weigh three elements equally: reputation, death rate, and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

  1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked at all by requiring that any of three conditions be met including to be a teaching hospital, to be affiliated with a teaching hospital, or to have at least six important medical technologies from a defined list of 13.
  2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume in certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated in our yearly specialist survey.
  3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

For the 18th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has sought out the most prestigious hospitals in country through extensive research screening.  After sifting through almost 5,500 medical centers, only 173 hospitals scored enough points to be named as one of the top hospitals in their category within the medical industry. 

“This recognition speaks to an amazing amount of hard work and dedication by our physicians, nurses and hospital leadership to provide the best clinical care available to our patients,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. “We're honored by the recognition, but what's most important is it further confirms we're providing leading-edge, compassionate care to the people in the communities we serve.”