U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Hospitals rankings rated Lakewood Hospital as the 10th best in Greater Cleveland.
The Lakewood institution ranks behind Cleveland Clinic (which took the No. 1 spot) and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (2nd).
That’s not bad company, says Janice Murphy, president and CEO of .
“We are so excited to have received this acknowledgement,” she said. “Our goal is to bring world-class care close to home and I'm proud of our wonderful physicians and staff who work hard daily to make Lakewood Hospital one of the best hospitals in Cleveland.”
Tracy Wheeler, media relations manager for the Cleveland Clinic, said this was the first time in the 21-year history of the rankings that lists were established for specific cities.
Cleveland Clinic hospitals were nine of the 17 local hospitals that were ranked.
“These rankings illustrate the strength of Cleveland Clinic’s value to communities throughout northeast Ohio,” said David Bronson, president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, in a statement. “While all hospitals can’t be all things to all people, we are here to serve the needs of every patient in the region by building a health care system that places a highly specialized hospital at the center to handle the most difficult cases, with smaller centers of excellence in local communities.”
Lakewood Hospital — which had 10,216 admissions last year and performed 2,373 annual inpatient and 3,699 outpatient surgeries — received high marks for its four specialties: ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; neurology and neurosurgery; and pulminology.
However, this week the hospital — a west side hub for the Cleveland Clinic.
U.S. News & World Report's scores were assigned based on reputation (32.5 percent), mortality index (32.5 percent), patient safety (5 percent) and nurse staffing, technology and quality of care factors (30 percent).
Nationally, there were 4,852 hospitals reviewed for rankings in 16 specialties. Of those, 152 performed well enough to qualify for a rank in any specialty. Death rates, procedure volume and balance of nurses and patients were used to determine rank in 12 categories, while reputation was the basis of scores in the other four specialties.