Which local hospitals ranked among best in Ohio?


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U.S. News & World Report has ranked several area hospitals among the best in Ohio.

The annual rankings showed Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton ranked highest among local hospitals, showing up at No. 8 on the state list.

Miami Valley was the only local hospital to be nationally ranked for adult specialty care, coming in at No. 23 on the list of the best hospitals for treating pulmonary disorders, or diseases involving the respiratory tract.

Kettering Medical Center was the next highest-ranked local hospital in Ohio, placing 17th out of 215 hospitals in Ohio, according to a release. Kettering did not rank nationally in any specialty.

The Cleveland Clinic was the only hospital in Ohio to land on the U.S. News “elite 20 hospital Honor Roll,” ranking No. 2 behind the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The Cleveland Clinic was ranked nationally in 14 adult and 9 pediatric specialties.

The Best Hospitals methodologies include patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates and adequacy of nurse staffing.

But the rankings are also based on the opinions of doctors, which count for nearly a third (27.5 percent) of the U.S. rankings score. That has led some industry watchers to criticize the poll as largely a popularity contest.

The U.S. News Rankings are just one of a number of different hospital rating systems.

Last week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services released its Hospital Compare report, which showed Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital in Springfield was the only hospital in the Miami Valley to earn the top score in the government's five-star rating system for patient care.

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