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Published on September 27, 2011

U.S. News Ranks Mercy Medical Center as a High-Performing Hospital

U.S. News & World ReportMercy Medical Center has been ranked as a High Performing Hospital in Pulmonology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. The rankings are featured in the recently released U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook.

"Mercy has long been a leader in the treatment of diseases of the lungs, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and COPD," said Nicole Collett, MD, board certified pulmonologist at MercyCare Pulmonology and Intensive Care. "We're proud to be recognized in the U.S. News rankings. It's a testament to the quality and experience of our physicians, nurses and entire staff who strive each and every day to make a difference in people’s lives."

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide.

"We are proud of the care we provide to our patients and we appreciate the recognition from U.S News & World Report," said Dr. Donald Paynter, medical director of Mercy's Pulmonary Services. "Our staff is committed to providing patients with the full continuum of care. This multi-disciplinary approach allows us to transition our patients from inpatient acute care, to inpatient rehabilitation, to outpatient support services." 

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care. "These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high."

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties — death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.