National Summit on Hospital Rankings to be Hosted by The Mount Sinai Medical Center and U.S. News and World Report

For the first time ever, leaders from the nation’s best hospitals will congregate with editors from U.S. News & World Report to discuss the “Best Hospitals” rankings methodology.

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 – September 10, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

For the first time ever, leaders and specialists from the nation’s best hospitals and academic medical centers will come together with top editors from U.S. News & World Report to discuss the methodology behind U.S. News’ annual "Best Hospitals" rankings and their value to consumers and the institutions they rank.  The national summit, titled "Shaping Health Care Decisions: An Inside Look at Hospital Rankings," will be held at The Mount Sinai Medical Center on Thursday, September 27, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

According to a 2011 study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 38 percent of Americans use hospital ratings to make a hospital decision, highlighting the importance of the U.S. News summit and of consumer tools like the "Best Hospitals" rankings.

During three panel discussions, health care leaders and editors will explore how current rankings assess quality, what quantifiable data could complement and correlate to reputational criteria, and how the rankings can be expanded to respond to advances in technology and biomedical science, as well as the demographics of health care needs.  

"The goal of the summit is to create a dialogue for discussion and explore ways to enhance the methodology to reflect the growing importance of advancements in medicine that allow us to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease," Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of  The Mount Sinai Medical Center explained. "We would also like to explore the socioeconomic challenges that hospitals face when providing care to sicker and poorer populations, and methods to reflect that in the rankings."

Held at Mount Sinai’s Goldwurm Auditorium, in Manhattan, the event will be moderated by U.S. News Editor and Chief Content Officer Brian Kelly.

"We're an important information resource for consumers and medical professionals," Kelly noted. "As health care data becomes more sophisticated, we want to make sure that we're using it in the best possible way."

Conference panel participants include Meri Armour, President and Chief Executive Officer, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Memphis, TN) Vinita Bahl, DMD, MPP, Director of Clinical Information and Decision Support Services, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI); Steven J. Corwin, MD, Chief Executive Officer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY); Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Mount Sinai Medical Center (New York, NY); Timothy J. Gardner, MD, Medical Director, Center for Heart & Vascular Health, Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, DE); Brent C. James, MD, MStat, Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City, UT); Bradley J. Narr, MD, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Chair, Surgical and Procedural Committee, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN); Sharon O’Keefe, President, University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago, IL);  Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY); and Peter L. Slavin, MD, President, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA).

In 2011, Mount Sinai and U.S. News hosted a successful summit which coincided with the 20th anniversary of U.S. News’ "Best Medical Schools" annual rankings, marking the first time U.S. News editors have discussed their medical school ranking system in a public forum with leaders of institutions being ranked.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States.  The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service.  It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place.

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