Michigan is 14th best hospital in the US this year

Submitted by Happyshooter on July 15th, 2010 at 4:33 AM

The US News Ranking are out. Micigan got number 14th best overall. The rankings for each area:

Overall: 14

Cancer: 13

Ear, Nose & Throat: 9

Endocrinology: 19

Gastrointestinal: 13

Geriatrics: 12

Gynecology: 18

Heart and Heart Surgery: 11

Kidney: 20

Neurology & Neurosurgery: 22

Ophthalmology: 17

Orthopedics: 24

Psychiatry: 20

Rehabilitation: 19

Respiratory Disorders: 14

Rheumatology: 14

Urology: 11



winged helmet

July 15th, 2010 at 9:58 AM ^

After a bike accident last month, where I broke my jaw in 2 places, I was rushed to the UM ER and I couldn't have had a better experience. This is the best part, though:

I had a check up later that week to see if I needed surgery or to be wired shut. I got a second opinion from the oral surgeon that pulled out my wisdom teeth. He wanted to wire me shut for six weeks. Guess where he went to medical school... OSU. So, after hearing such horrible news, the next day I went back to UM Hospital to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He told me that according to the books, I should be put in wires, but there's a good chance they could do more harm than benefit... and only for two weeks at most, otherwise it could freeze my jaw shut. He said that if he was in my position, he would not choose the surgery, and gave me a week to decide. I did not end up wiring my jaw shut, and my jaw is healing just fine!

What makes UMHS so great? Surgeons will opt out of surgery when they know it's the right thing to do, even if clinically, they were taught otherwise.

Go Blue.


July 15th, 2010 at 10:17 AM ^

A lot of things play into the rankings including;

- perceived reputation

-number of admissions/discharges

-nurses per patient

- patient safety rating, mortality rates

-whether it is a 'magnet' nursing center (a place where nurses want to work)

-has advanced technologies

-trauma center versus no trauma center.

-how many specialties are ranked.

This is in comparison to how US news ranks medical schools, which has more to do with reputation and NIH funding for research.

The ratings are absolute BS, BUT they are very important for advertising and getting patients to come to your hospital due to high rankings.

Wolverine In Exile

July 15th, 2010 at 7:31 AM ^

5-star surgeons we have? Or do we usually take 3-star interns, red shirt them, and develop them into first round talent? Has Lloyd Carr been actively working behind the scenes with Eastern Michigan's med school and hospital to undermine the recruitment of new urologists? Inquiring minds want to know.


July 15th, 2010 at 8:11 AM ^

Brock Mealer and his 28" arms would like to have a word with you about that.

No, no. Don't get up. He'll walk over to see you.

Edit: Also, Neurosurgery at #22? My cervical spinal cord feels otherwise.


July 15th, 2010 at 8:39 AM ^

I mildly understand the outrage, but there are thousands and thousands of hospitals in the US. Anything in the top-100 is probably equivalent, the fact that they even have a ranking system in order of 1 to 100 is even more ridiculous than the lists ranking 8th grade athletes.


July 15th, 2010 at 10:44 AM ^

to the University of Michigan hospital.  I have NEVER had a single negative comment from any of them.

One of my brothers is a U of M trained MD.  I had the privilege of seeing some of the hospital through his eyes and shadowing him (couldn't get away with that today).

When my youngest son was involved in an accident, Genesys Hospital (Grand Blanc) sent him there, and he has full function of his arm today.

Two months ago an exchange student had a ruptured appendix.  Emergency surgery was performed at another hospital, but infection persisted for weeks requiring several follow up procedures.  Transferring him to U of M resulted in no additional surgery and a full recovery.

I could go on and on.  Results are the bottom line, and U of M gets positive outcomes.

My clients swear U of M is number 1.  That's good enough for me.

Go Blue


July 15th, 2010 at 11:18 AM ^

My oldest daughter was born at U-M Hospital in 2007, and mom and baby had serious, unexpected complications.  The doctors were wonderful and everyone made it through.  I would not say that their lives were saved, but at lesser hospitals (without the ER team we needed) their lives may have been lost.

Hail to the Victors!