100 Great Hospitals

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Becker's Hospital Review
is pleased to name 100 Great Hospitals of 2012. The following hospitals each have a special place in the story of American healthcare and have demonstrated greatness through clinical accolades, innovation in care delivery, recent capital developments, and the offering of new services, specialty programs or technology. Ranging in size and location, these reputable hospitals each saw noteworthy accomplishments in 2011 and will continue to make strides this year.

To develop this list, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team accepted nominations, conducted research and considered other reputable hospital ranking sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, HealthGrades, Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients.

Editor's note: This list is not a ranking, and hospitals are displayed in alphabetical order. This list is not an endorsement of included hospitals or associated healthcare providers, and hospitals cannot pay to be included on this list.

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, Ill.). Located in a southwest suburb of Chicago, this 333-bed hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians and is continually expanding affiliations with local providers. A 2010 Malcolm Baldrige Award recipient, Advocate Good Samaritan is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence and was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2011. The hospital is also part of an accountable care organization formed in 2011 by parent organization Advocate Health Care and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.

Akron (Ohio) General Medical Center. Since it was founded in 1914, Akron General Medical Center has grown to include more than 1,000 physicians and now serves as the home to 11 medical residency programs. In 2011, HealthGrades named the hospital one of the 50 best in the nation as well as a distinguished hospital for clinical excellence. This year, Akron General opened a neurological intensive care unit as part of a larger effort to improve stroke care and neurological services in the area.

Animas Surgical Hospital (Durango, Colo.). Animas Surgical Hospital, the first hospital in Colorado to focus on surgical healthcare and diagnostic imaging, opened in December 2004. Considered to be one of America's 100 best hospitals in prostatectomy by HealthGrades, the physician-owned hospital also provides contributions to 11 different local community programs that support healthcare, education, the arts, athletics and more. Based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, 97 percent of Animas patients gave their hospital a rating of a 9 or 10 on a scale from 0 to 10 at 97 percent.

Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center (Milwaukee).
Aurora St. Luke's, which was founded in 1984, is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence and received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Aurora St. Luke's is home to a renowned cardiology program — its cardiac transplant program is Wisconsin's largest and has been active since the hospital's founding. In 2011, physicians performed the 700th heart transplant at the hospital.

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix).
When it was founded 101 years ago — making it four months older than the state of Arizona — Banner Good Samaritan had 20 patient beds. Today, the 668-bed hospital includes roughly 1,700 physicians and was recently named one of the first 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations in the country by CMS.S. News & World Report also ranked this Magnet-recognized hospital first in the Phoenix metropolitan area in 2011.  

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis).
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the child of a 1996 merger between Barnes Hospital and The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. The 1,288-bed teaching hospital is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked Barnes-Jewish as an Honor Roll Hospital and first among hospitals in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Magnet-recognized hospital is building a new $27.5 million cancer center and opened a 12-story outpatient tower in March.

Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.). The 659-bed Baystate Medical Center is a teaching hospital and affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine. The hospital has earned Magnet-recognition for nursing excellence and was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2011. In February 2012, Baystate Medical Center opened a portion of its $296 million "Hospital of the Future," a state-of-the-art facility that includes a heart and vascular center, rooftop healing garden and emergency department that is slated to open in November.  

Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.). Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak is a 1,071-bed, Magnet-recognized facility that was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2011. Beaumont Hospital's parent, Beaumont Health System, recently committed $68 million to a new medical school — Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine — to alleviate repercussions of Michigan's impending physician shortage on the hospital.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston). In 1996, New England Deaconess Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital — two institutions dating back to 1896 and 1916, respectively — merged to form this 631-bed hospital. A teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the chosen hospital for the Boston Red Sox, Beth Israel Deaconess is a 2011 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and received a HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Last year, the hospital announced plans to build a $20 million cancer center.

Boone Hospital Center (Columbia, Mo.). Boone Hospital Center, which opened in 1921, is a 400-bed, Magnet-recognized hospital affiliated with St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare. It was named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2011 and also received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012. Boone Hospital opened its $89 million patient tower — which features 125 private rooms — ahead of schedule and under budget projections in June 2011.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (Boston). With roots dating back to 1832, Brigham and Women's Hospital is home to many medical firsts, such as the world's first successful human organ transplant in 1954. The 793-bed facility is a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and received the 100 Top Hospitals Everest Award from Thomson Reuters in 2011, which recognizes hospitals with top current performance and the most long-term growth in five years. In 2011, the hospital unveiled a $505 million expansion plan that is expected to be complete by 2016.

Bronson Methodist Hospital (Kalamazoo, Mich.). The flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, the 404-bed Bronson Methodist Hospital has earned recognition from HealthGrades as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and for Outstanding Patient Experience in 2011 and 2012. The hospital was also named to Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals in 2011. Bronson Methodist's $210 million replacement hospital, completed in 2000, has been studied by hundreds of healthcare experts and architects seeking best design practices for healing environments, optimal patient flow and infection control.

Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana, Ill.). Located in East Central Illinois and dating back to 1918, Carle Foundation Hospital is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence and was named one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Hospitals in 2012. The hospital also earned HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2012 and 2011. Last summer, the hospital began construction on its $220 million patient care tower to replace buildings constructed in the 1960s.

Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, N.C.). Since its founding in 1940, Carolinas Medical Center has grown to 874 beds and includes the region's only Level I trauma center. Carolinas' Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute is the site of more than 800 open heart surgeries per year, making it one of the largest cardiovascular programs in the Southeast. The hospital was ranked first in the Charlotte metropolitan area by U.S. News & World Report in 2011.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center dates back to 1902, when the hospital was known as Kaspare Cohn Hospital and had 12 beds. Today, the non-profit academic medical center includes 1,000 beds and more than 2,000 physicians in every medical specialty. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has earned Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012.

Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, Ill.). Central DuPage began with 113 beds and 66 physicians when it opened in 1964. Today this 313-bed hospital includes more than 900 physicians, is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence and was named a Thompson Reuters Top 100 Hospital in 2011. Central DuPage's cardiac surgery program is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, which has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number one cardiac program in the nation for 16 consecutive years. The partnership allows Central DuPage surgeons to review patient cases and decide on treatment plans with Cleveland Clinic physicians' expertise.

The Christ Hospital (Cincinnati). The Christ Hospital was founded in 1889 by a missionary named Isabella Thoburn, who opened the facility with 10 beds. Today, the 555-bed hospital includes more than 1,000 physicians and has been named one of America's top 50 hospitals for heart care by U.S. News & World Report. HealthGrades has recognized it with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011 and 2012, and also named it as one of the 50 best hospitals in the country. The hospital will begin construction on a $265 million hospital expansion, which will include an orthopedic and spine center, in June 2012.

Christiana Hospital (Newark, Del.). Within this 913-bed teaching hospital, staffed by more than 1,400 physicians, is Delaware's only Level I trauma center. In fact, it's the only facility of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Christiana Hospital has earned Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and also received HealthGrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence in 2011. Recently, the hospital was one of the first 250 sites in the country to receive FDA-approval for a heart valve replacement procedure that doesn't require open heart surgery. 

Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four physicians who, after working in army hospitals during World War I, were impressed by the efficiency of military medicine. The hospital is home to several medical breakthroughs, including the first larynx transplant in 1998. The Magnet-recognized Cleveland Clinic has been ranked first in the nation for cardiology by U.S. News & World Report each year since 1994, and it was ranked fourth in the country overall in 2011. Cleveland Clinic recently released a 50-year design plan with sophisticated architecture and green aesthetics that involves the development of 14 new buildings.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Lebanon, N.H.).
The only academic medical center in the state, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center dates back to 1797. Hailed by healthcare experts as a model for integration, the medical center is comprised of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, physician group Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic and Dartmouth Medical School. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a Magnet-recognized hospital, was selected as one of the country's first 32 Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations by CMS in December.

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