SEATTLE — August 8, 2017 — For more than a decade, SCCA/UWMC consistently has maintained a top standing among the top hospitals for adult cancer care in the U.S.
“This distinguished ranking reflects the commitment of every member of the SCCA team to deliver the best possible care to every patient every day,” said Norm Hubbard, SCCA executive vice president.
The Best Hospital rankings are designed to help consumers determine which hospitals provide the best care. Measures taken into consideration as part of the analysis of Best Hospitals include hospital volume, nurse staffing and other resources that define the hospital environment.
U.S. News analyzed more than 4,500 hospitals in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions for the 2017-2018 overall rankings. According to U.S. News, of the 4,500 hospitals evaluated for 2017-18 Best Hospitals, barely one out of eight met the standard. SCCA/UWMC is ranked #5 out of 895 hospitals across the U.S. based on data specific to the treatment of cancer.
“Covering nearly every hospital in every U.S. community, U.S. News offers deep, rich data that patients can use to help them make informed decisions about where to receive surgical or medical care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “We know outcomes matter most, which is why U.S. News is committed to publishing as much data as possible on patient outcomes.”
For the 2017-2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report also rated hospitals in nine specific procedures and conditions. Of these, SCCA/UWMC received an Overall Rating of “High Performing” in two key areas:
Additionally, SCCA/UWMC also earned a rating of “Excellent” for Nurse Staffing in both colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery. The U.S. News & World Report ratings took into consideration the fact that more nursing care per patient is associated with better outcomes and better patient experience.
“The number and caliber of nurses involved in direct patient care at a hospital can play a major role in the overall quality of care,” said Theresa (Terry) McDonnell, Chief Nurse Executive and Vice President of Clinical Operations at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. “We are proud that our shared commitment to excellent patient care is reflected in these specialty areas, as well as the overall ranking.”
Earlier this year, more than 60 Seattle Cancer Care Alliance doctors, physician assistants and ARNP’s were also recognized by Seattle Met in its annual Top Doctors list. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has also been recognized by Becker’s Healthcare on two of its national lists: “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” and “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.”
Fred Hutch Media Team