Abbott Northwestern and United hospitals named to America's 50 Top Hospitals list by AARP
MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn 03/28/2002--Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and United Hospital in
St. Paul are included in the top 50 hospitals in America list
AARP Modern Maturity's May/June 2002 issue.
The report is
based off a study by Consumers' Checkbook, a Washington, DC,
nonprofit consumer education organization. Consumers' Checkbook rated the quality of care for adults at
acute care hospitals in major metropolitan areas in the U.S.
Researchers surveyed more than 20,000 physicians and analyzed
statistics from federal records and accreditation scores to rank
1,308 hospitals nationwide.
The final list of 50 was selected by
employing a formula including:
- Physicians ratings – percentage of surveyed doctors rating a
hospital "very good" or "excellent" for high-risk adult surgery
- Mortality rates - for various types of medical and surgical cases.
The percentage of Medicare patients (admitted between October 1996 –
September 1999 who died within 30 days of being admitted to the
hospital – adjusted to take into account hospital-to-hospital
differences in age, diagnoses, and other characteristics
- Accreditation score – rating given by the Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; reflects the hospital's
performance on an inspection and review of standards
- Training – Extent of a training that a hospital provides for
physicians based on the medical school affiliations and number of
residents on staff
Abbott Northwestern Hospital is ranked 26th on the list and United
Hospital is ranked 48th.
"Choosing a hospital that will meet your
needs during a health crisis can be one of the most important
decisions of your life," said Hugh Delehanty, editorial director
AARP Modern Maturity. "We wanted to provide consumers with
reliable, unbiased information that will improve their ability to
make these decisions."
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for
people 50 and over.
AARP Modern Maturity is America's largest circulation
magazine. The magazine's Web site at www.aarpmagazine.org features the entire
top 50 hospitals list and tips on selecting a hospital.
Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital and St. Paul-based
United Hospital are part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a
non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care
services. Abbott Northwestern is found online at
, United Hospital is found online at
the latest health information is at
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