Parkview ranks 4th in state

July 18th, 2012

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Published: July 18, 2012 3:00 a.m.

Parkview ranks 4th in state

Hospital scores high in widely read U.S. News survey

Paul Wyche | The Journal Gazette

Parkview Health has high marks.

That’s according to a U.S. News & World Report hospital ranking released Tuesday.

The closely watched scorecard said the medical center is the fourth best in the state, tying with Indiana University Health North Hospital in Carmel and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

Three Indianapolis medical centers finished ahead of Parkview: Indiana University Health; St. Vincent Hospital; and Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Lutheran Health Network’s Dupont Hospital was ranked 13th in the state, tied with seven other hospitals. Less than a week ago, Dupont Hospital announced it had been named one of the best by Becker’s Hospital Review, based on data compiled from numerous sources, including Thomson Reuters.

This week, it’s Parkview’s turn.

This year’s U.S. News rankings showcase 732 hospitals out of nearly 4,800 hospitals nationwide, including the best in each of 16 medical specialties and in more than 90 metropolitan areas. The ranking criteria involve evaluating a hospital based on patients who are referred because of a difficult surgery or challenging condition.

Mike Packnett, Parkview Health president and CEO, said he was pleased with Parkview’s rankings this year.

“The U.S. News & World Report study has been around long enough – 23 years – to have been pretty well vetted by now,” he said.

Packnett said when he sees the medical helicopter “coming and going every day” it’s a reminder that Parkview gets the most critical cases.

The hospital also was praised for its high performance in ear, nose and throat care; gastroenterology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; and pulmonology.