For the third straight year, Greenville Memorial Hospital has been ranked as having one of the nationÕs top 40 diabetes/healthcareservices/medicine/endocrinology-diabetes programs. Under a new metro ranking, GMH has also been ranked as #1 in the Greenville, Mauldin, Easley metro area, according to U.S. News Media & World ReportÕs 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, are available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age.
Greenville Memorial also ranked as high performing in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology. Improved diabetes care, outcomes and outreach is a priority goal at GHS because of the wide-ranging impact of diabetes in our community. The end result is an integrated cohesive approach that has all the oars pulling in the same direction for maximum effectiveness and improved patient care.
The diabetes/healthcareservices/medicine/endocrinology-diabetes program, ranked #36, has developed and implemented best-practices protocols to help ensure that patients receive safe diabetes management while hospitalized. Diabetes is at epidemic levels in the Upstate, and more than 20 percent of adult patients admitted to GMH have diabetes. Poorly managed blood sugar levels can lead to complications, including surgical-site infections and slower healing.
Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialtiesÑdeath rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in. Click here to learn more about Greenville Memorial Hospital rankings on the US News & World Report list.