100 Great Hospitals - 61-80

Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Ill.). Cardiology, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics, women's health — Riverside Medical Center offers a wide array of medical and surgical services and at a high quality. A 2011 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital, Magnet hospital and recipient of four 2012 HealthGrades awards, Riverside Medical Center was the first in the Kankakee area for nine different medical achievements, such as cardiac drug-eluting stents. The hospital opened a $60 million addition in November, which included 13 operating rooms.

Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre, Pa.). As the first hospital established within its service area, Robert Packer Hospital has earned a reputation for high-quality care at the state and national level. In 2011, it was named a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and ranked number one overall in the state of Pennsylvania for medical excellence, joint replacement and overall hospital care by CareChex. Robert Packer's entire cardiology center is devoted to all types of aortic disease. The hospital is the only Level II trauma center in the region and is the leading provider of orthopedic trauma surgery between Danville, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick, N.J.). Clinical quality and medical innovation are the standard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as Harvard University researchers (in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund) identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. The Cardiovascular Center of Excellence at the Magnet-designated hospital was recently selected to be one of the first sites in the nation to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement since the procedure received FDA approval. Last year, RWJUH opened its new 13,000-square-foot Ambulatory Surgical Pavilion, and this past February, it announced it would explore a partnership with Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J.

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles).
In terms of great hospitals on the West Coast, none can say what Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center can, as it has been ranked the "Best in West" for 22 straight years by U.S. News & World Report. A Magnet hospital, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center leads some of the most innovative hospital services in the nation. In March 2011, surgeons performed the first hand transplant in the Western United States in a procedure that took a 17-member team nearly 15 hours to complete. In total, UCLA physicians and researchers found nearly 60 different medical breakthroughs across all spectrums of healthcare over the last two years.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago).
Considered to be one of the top three hospitals in Chicago by U.S. News & World Report, Rush University Medical Center underwent a massive change this past January when it opened its $654 million state-of-the-art hospital tower. The new hospital has many unique designs, such as its butterfly shape, which puts nurses closer to their patients throughout the unit rather than working from conventional, centralized nursing stations. The new hospital also has operating room-quality air in all patient care areas and is Chicago's first green, full-service hospital. Rush — a Magnet-designated hospital known for orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology and several other services — also conducts some of the most innovative clinical research trials in the country. It received more than $58 million from the National Institutes of Health in 2011 — a new record for the hospital.

Russell Medical Center (Alexander City, Ala.). Russell Medical Center, founded by Benjamin Russell, first opened its doors in 1923 to provide healthcare for employees of the Russell Manufacturing Company and the residents of Alexander City, Ala., and now the 75-bed hospital has grown just as much as the city, treating patients all around the area just north of Alabama's capital. In 2011, Russell was named a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and was also an Everest Award winner for current performance and fastest long-term improvement over five years. Russell formed a joint venture with the University of Alabama at Birmingham this past February to expand its oncology services and use UAB Medicine's best practices in cancer care.

Saint Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, N.D.). Known for its several centers of excellence, including neuroscience and cancer care, Saint Alexius Medical Center has remained active in its pursuit to provide leading healthcare in the North Dakota capital. Over the past year, Saint Alexius announced a management agreement with the Wishek (N.D.) Hospital and Clinic Association and affiliated with McKenzie County Healthcare Systems of Watford City, N.D., advising McKenzie on facility construction plans as well as physician recruitment. Last June, the hospital also purchased a building in Bismarck with plans to turn part of it into a new 60,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center, expected to open in summer 2013.

Saint Thomas Hospital (Nashville, Tenn.). Roughly 113 years ago, Saint Thomas Hospital started as a small initiative to provide healthcare around Nashville. Today, Saint Thomas Hospital provides adult specialty healthcare to the more than 2 million residents of Middle Tennessee, Southwestern Kentucky and Northern Alabama. A 2011 Top 100 Hospital by Thomson Reuters and a recipient of 10 different awards from HealthGrades between 2009 and 2012, Saint Thomas Hospital became the first in the state this past February to open two hybrid operating rooms. It is only the third in the Eastern United States, after Johns Hopkins and The Cleveland Clinic.

Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, S.D.). Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest hospital in South Dakota with 545 beds and is a teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Sanford Research/USD is conducting a new clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of a drug treatment on patients receiving radiation and chemotherapy for head and neck cancer. A $75 million Sanford Heart Hospital is also attached to the main facility and began a staggered opening this past March.

Schneck Medical Center (Seymour, Ind.). Schneck Medical Center is a 100-bed, government-owned hospital in a small Indiana town, but it has proven its quality healthcare delivery over the past several years. Schneck is one of four 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients, making it the first organization in Indiana to win the award. In addition, the Magnet-designated hospital received the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award for three straight years.

Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Scripps Green Hospital has served the La Jolla and greater San Diego communities since 1977. Scripps Green had San Diego's first liver transplant program, and it was one of the nation's first hospitals to provide stem cell transplants. The Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education has advanced the field of orthopedics and developed innovative programs to share best practices. Also, the cardiology program of Scripps Green will soon join Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla (Calif.), its sister hospital, to form the Scripps Cardiovascular Institute. The new entity is expected to be complete by 2015 and will be the largest heart care provider in the region.

Shands at the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.). As the primary teaching hospital for the University of Florida, Shands at UF continues to be one of the most comprehensive hospitals in the area and a leading referral medical center in the Southeast. The Magnet-designated hospital treats patients from every county in the state and at a high quality, as U.S. News & World Report ranked Shands at UF in the top 50 for seven adult specialties and six pediatric specialties. Shands at UF is also renowned for its organizational culture of service and operational excellence, as it was a Studer Group Firestarter hospital in 2008.

Sharp Memorial Hospital (San Diego). The new Sharp Memorial Hospital opened in January 2009, and the 368-bed Magnet hospital was designed to house San Diego's largest and most modern emergency department and 24-hour trauma center. Sharp Memorial was designated as a "Patient-Centered Hospital" by Planetree in 2010, and in 2007, the hospital's parent system — Sharp HealthCare — received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital is the flagship hospital of Spectrum Health, a Thomson Reuters top 10 health system. The Magnet hospital's history spans several decades and includes several awards, including a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change with Distinction Award for sustainability and several 2012 HealthGrades awards, including the America's 100 Best Hospitals Award.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Ky.). For the past 150 years, St. Elizabeth Edgewood's parent organization, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, has provided healthcare to some of the neediest people in the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. St. Elizabeth Edgewood was the region's first Magnet hospital, and it has also been a Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital for the past five years. HealthGrades awarded the hospital several 2012 awards, including the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and recognition for excellence in spine surgery, critical care and several other service lines.

St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Houston). Cardiovascular medical milestones run a plenty at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, one of the top cardiology and cardiovascular hospitals in the country. The first successful heart transplantation in the United States, the first artificial heart implantation in the world and the first laser angioplasty procedure are only some of those feats. This year, St. Luke's Texas Heart Institute formed an affiliation with Covenant Heart and Vascular Institute in Lubbock, Texas, to collaborate on cardiovascular care. Under the affiliation, THI and CHVI will transition and coordinate patients with complex thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms, patients in need of ventricular assist devices and patients in need of heart and lung transplants.

St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. At the core of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital is its five main centers of excellence: orthopedics, spine, cardiovascular, neuroscience and cancer care. St. Vincent Indianapolis has a bevy of accolades from HealthGrades, including excellence awards in cardiac care, coronary intervention, critical care, gastrointestinal care, neurosciences, spine surgery and stroke care. The hospital also received the 2012 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence and the 2011 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. St. Vincent's Heart Center of Indiana recently partnered on cardiology services with two other Indiana hospitals to benefit residents multiple Indianapolis area counties.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics (Palo Alto, Calif.). Stanford Hospital & Clinics is recognized worldwide for its clinical care, with five major centers of excellence: cancer, cardiology, neurosciences, orthopedic services and transplantation. Stanford was the site of the first successful adult human heart transplant in the country and the first combined heart-lung transplant in the world, in addition to a multitude of other medical firsts. Ranked first in San Jose, Calif., by U.S. News & World Report and nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties, Stanford also recently began a new clinical neurogenetics oncology program in March and opened its Brain Tumor Center last September.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Florida, licensed for 1,018 acute-care beds, and serves as the primary teaching affiliate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Tampa General, which has Magnet recognition and is the region's primary safety-net hospital, is the only Level I trauma center in West Central Florida and contains the 10th busiest transplant program in the nation. In addition, Tampa General is the home to several medical breakthroughs, including the first successful heart transplant in Florida, which was performed in 1985.

Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston). When it comes to physician-owned hospitals, few are more highly ranked than Texas Orthopedic Hospital. Known for its excellence in joint replacement, spine surgery and total knee replacements, the 49-bed hospital has been ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals in the country in orthopedics from 2009 to 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. Last September, The Joint Commission named Texas Orthopedic as one of the top performers in using evidence-based care processes to improve patient outcomes, and its patient satisfaction scores based on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems ranked among the best in the Houston area.

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