July 15, 2014 | by Tami Dennis
In cancer, expertise matters. So do survival rates, patient safety, patient services and many other factors. City of Hope understands this, as does U.S.News & World Report.
The magazine’s 2014-2015 list of best hospitals for cancer once again includes City of Hope, ranking the institution 12 out of 900 eligible for consideration. The annual rankings recognize the nation’s premier hospitals, and inclusion on the list is widely considered an indicator of quality care.
City of Hope's ranking is three positions higher than last year’s ranking and marks the 11th year that City of Hope has made the “Best Hospitals” list for cancer treatment. The ranking – above the ranking of many other nationally known and considerably larger institutions – highlights the institution’s increasing reputation for high quality care and outcomes.
U.S. News analyzes hospitals according to multiple factors, including patient volume, safety and outcomes data, nurse staffing ratios, reputation survey scores, accreditations earned, availability of high-tech equipment and number of patient services offered.
The magazine also commended City of Hope's gynecology and urology programs, ranking gynecology 33rd in the nation and labeling urology as high performing.
The rankings, however, don't devote special attention to blood and bone marrow cancers. But perhaps it should. City of Hope has the largest program for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma in California and, according to national data from the Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research, our outcomes for bone marrow transplants are unparalleled.
Data from the federal government’s Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) is widely considered the best basis for comparing bone marrow transplant performance. All transplant centers in the country must provide the same type of information, with the same type of documentation. In this federal database, only 12 centers out of 169 performed above expectations in 2013. City of Hope was one of those centers.
City of Hope is the only center in the nation to have achieved nine consecutive years of what CIBMTR describes as “over performance.”
Additionally, City of Hope is one of only 41 institutions in the nation to be designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, a factor considered by the U.S. News rankings. To earn this designation, a center must undergo a rigorous peer-review process, maintain a high number of cancer research projects, be heavily involved in community outreach, as well as meet other academic and public service requirements.
City of Hope earned its comprehensive cancer center designation in 1998 and has maintained it since.
In cancer, expertise matters.
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