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Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:00 am

Parkview ranked 10th best in state

Only regional facility to be placed on list

SHERRY SLATER | The Journal Gazette

Parkview Health's two main campuses rank 10th in the 2017-18 list of the best Indiana hospitals, as evaluated by U.S. News & World Report.

The local nonprofit hospital's two main campuses are Parkview Regional Medical Center on Dupont Road and Parkview Randallia on East State Boulevard.

IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis took the top spot on the annual list.

Parkview is the only northeast Indiana hospital to make the list, which includes hospitals in Evansville, Bloomington, Lafayette and Muncie, among other cities.

The list includes 13 hospitals in the state's Top 12 because of a tie for 12th place. Parkview tied for 10th with St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital.

The list is part of a larger, national ranking of hospitals by the online magazine that counts 20 million unique monthly visitors to its website. U.S. News started with 4,658 hospitals, then evaluated them in 16 categories. 

Twelve area rankings were decided by data, including cancer; orthopedics; and cardiology and heart surgery. Four specialties were ranked by reputation, based on physician surveys. They were ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology, according to the website.

Four criteria were used to narrow the field for consideration. Rankings include:

• Teaching hospitals

• Medical school-affiliated hospitals

• Hospitals with at least 200 beds in use

• Hospitals with at least 100 beds that offer at least four of eight advanced technologies associated with high-quality care, such as precision radiation therapies.

This year, 2,255 hospitals met one of the four standards, the website stated. Veterans Affairs and military hospitals weren't included because data wasn't available.

Parkview received “high performing” ratings in colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery and in treating heart failure patients.

In other categories, the hospital received “average” ratings. Those areas include hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, aortic valve surgery and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.

Lutheran Hospital, Parkview's crosstown rival, received a “high performing” rating in treating heart failure patients. It received “average” rankings in the remaining categories.

Parkview ranked 10th in Indiana on the 2013-14 list and finished in a tie for fourth place on the 2012-13 list.

Dupont Hospital, part of Lutheran Health Network, tied for 13th place on the 2012-13 list.

Indiana University-owned hospitals took six of the 13 spots on this year's U.S. News list.

Ben Miles, president of Parkview Regional Medical Center and affiliates, said the health care provider didn't seek the honor, but it's a source of validation for providers and support staff.

“It's always great to get that recognition,” he said.

But, he added, Parkview employees aren't wasting time patting themselves on the back.

“We're focusing,” Miles said, “on one patient at a time.”

sslater@jg.net