By Marisa Patwa
The Warrick County Standard
Deaconess Health System has been honored as the second best hospital out of 160 in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report for the second year in a row.
The hospital is based in both Warrick and Vanderburgh counties, with several clinics in Warrick. While the Gateway Campus, housing the The Heart Hospital, The Women's Hospital and the Deaconess Orthopedic Neuroscience Hospital, is located in Newburgh.
COPD, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart failure, knee replacement and colon cancer surgery, are five adult conditions/procedures that were given the highest rating possible, while adult urology was also ranked as high performing.
CEO of Deaconess Health System Shawn McCoy said he believes those areas specifically were highlighted because of their laser-focus on improving them.
"We also have a relationship with MD Anderson, the number one cancer treatment center in the world," he said. "Our physicians have access to their specialists to talk about care treatment for patients. And then patients can be treated locally, rather than having to travel. And colon cancer surgeries are better here because of that relationship."
McCoy said he believed their recognition was in part of the massive multi-million dollar investments they've made at Deaconess in the past few years, including the Ortho and Neuro Hospital, new medical office buildings and the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, which is slated to open ahead of
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schedule in September in Newburgh.
"Knee replacements are huge at the Ortho and Neuro hospital," McCoy said. "So, they have a specific initiative to make that a world class facility."
The hospital CEO also said the U.S. News & World Report rankings are related to outcomes, quality and safety and that their stature as the number two hospital in Indiana two years in a row is a significant achievement.
"(The ranking) shows an ongoing, consistent commitment to quality by our medical staff, leadership, employees and volunteers," he said. "These are the individuals who have made Deaconess the exceptional health system it is today."
Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said that for nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide.
"By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the country, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties," he said.
McCoy said this honor also shows their commitment to their "patient first philosophy."
"We put the patient first, the family first and try to exceed their exceptions," he said.
But mostly, McCoy wanted to congratulate the many Deaconess hospital employees, staff and management team for their part in achieving this honor.
"We set a goal three years ago that we wanted to be [in the] top 10 percent in the nation in quality, safety and service," he said. "And we've definitely done that."