Baylor Scott & White Health officials are celebrating this week the ranking of seven system hospitals on this year’s U.S News & World Report Best Hospitals list.
But with a seemingly growing list of hospital rankings and accolades every year, it can be difficult to decipher what they all mean or which ones matter most.
Officials here believe that with numerous websites and other sources producing hospital rankings, no one source should be taken by itself, as none of them alone produce a complete picture.
Still, U.S. News rankings remain among the most trusted and recognizable for health care, universities and other industries. So Baylor Scott & White officials believe it speaks highly of the system that Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas was ranked No. 1 in the Dallas metro area and No. 2 in Texas. Scott & White Memorial Hospital was ranked No. 10 in Texas, moving up eight spots from the previous year.
“We are so proud to see the two flagship hospitals of the new Baylor Scott & White Health both rank in the top 10 in the state,” said Joel Allison, CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health. “When we merged Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare in 2013, we knew we were combining two exemplary systems known for high-quality care. These 2014-2015 U.S. News rankings are proof, as our new system now includes a total seven ranked hospitals throughout North and Central Texas.”
According to U.S News, their rankings are based on data for nearly 5,000 hospitals and results from surveys of more than 9,500 physicians. They consider factors such as death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation.
Patients should review multiple rankings and consider how the data is compiled. Keep these things in mind:
- In some cases, rankings are based largely on billing data while others are based on information that is self-reported.
- It’s also common for sources that produce rankings to charge hospitals in order to have permission to publicize the results.
- Patients should consider where a hospital ranks on reputable lists, but they should also do their own research, including talking to friends, neighbors and their physicians.