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Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Ranked Among Nation’s Best by 'U.S. News & World Report'
07/25/2007

DALLAS — U.S. News & World Report has designated Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas one of the nation's top 50 hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery — making it one of the youngest hospitals in the country to achieve recognition in multiple specialties. The rankings appear in U.S. News & World Report's edition of "America's Best Hospitals 2007."

"This recognition speaks to an amazing amount of hard work and dedication by physicians, nurses and hospital leadership to provide the best clinical care available to our patients," said Mark H. Merrill, president of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "We're honored by the recognition, but what's most important is it further confirms we're providing leading-edge, compassionate care to the people in the communities we serve."

Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was one of only 12 hospitals in Texas and 173 nationally — out of more than 5,400 medical centers across the country — to appear in the rankings, which are based on reputation, clinical excellence and a mix of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Data from the American Hospital Association and surveys of the nation's top physicians are also used to determine the rankings.

Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, founded in 1966, is the youngest Texas hospital to be ranked in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

"To achieve so much in a relatively short amount of time reflects the tremendous amount of clinical talent and dedicated leadership we have here at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas," said Thomas Shires, M.D., chairman of surgical services. "In four decades, this hospital has achieved more than most medical centers twice our age."

This is the first year Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report, but national recognition for clinical achievements has become commonplace recently. Last year, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was one of less than 3 percent of U.S. hospitals awarded Magnet designation for excellence in nursing, the most prestigious designation for nursing excellence given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The award is a component of the U.S. News & World Report's ranking of best hospitals.

"To receive Magnet designation required the support of many in addition to nurses, including allied-health caregivers, support departments, physicians, the board of trustees and hospital leadership," said Martha Steinbauer, R.N., vice president and chief nursing officer at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "I think that same sense of teamwork and dedication is what has propelled us to national recognition in the U.S. News & World Report rankings."

Earlier this year, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), one of the highest national distinctions for weight-loss surgery programs. In April, the Texas Nurses Association named 11 nurses on staff at Presbyterian Healthcare System to its annual list of "Great 100 Nurses." In 2006, Dallas Child magazine's annual reader survey named Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas "Best" in all categories. Also in 2006, Presbyterian was the first hospital in Texas and only the second in the nation to receive accreditation for Stroke Specialty Programs by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The new rankings by U.S. News & World Report are the culmination of the hard work that has led to these previous awards, said Richard L. Weiner, M.D., chairman of neurosurgery.

"These rankings highlight the major strides we've made since this hospital was founded," Dr. Weiner said. "When you look at the rankings, you see that most of the other hospitals are major academic medical centers and many of them have been around for decades, some for more than 100 years. I think it speaks very highly of our clinical programs to know that people can receive the same advanced medical care here as they can receive at a major academic center."

Last year, neurosurgeons on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas were the first U.S. surgeons to perform a surgical case using BrainSUITE™ technology  in the hospital's new intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging neurosurgical suite. The state-of-the-art operating room, dedicated to precision and real-time imaging during brain surgery, is among the first of its kind in the world. For more than a decade, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas was the only North Texas hospital that offered Gamma Knife surgery and has treated more than 2,000 patients, among the highest volumes in the country. Neuroscience services also offer new hope to patients struggling with Parkinson's disease, brain tumors, stroke, Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy.

To achieve the highest levels of care in digestive conditions, the hospital has used an interdisciplinary approach — including gastroenterologists, biliary endoscopists, interventional radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons. Advanced technologies like BRAVO pH studies, capsule endoscopy, ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) and endoscopic ultrasound are some of the leading diagnostic services offered at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The hospital also performs a very high volume of complex liver and pancreatic surgeries, including ablation of liver tumors and the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer.

"Collaboration is at the heart of the medical staff's approach to problem-solving, which utilizes the expertise of specialists from various fields of medicine," Dr. Shires said. "That helps us individualize the best multimodality treatments for each patient."

Dedicated to diagnosing and caring for disorders of the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic services at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas feature a continuum of care that includes outpatient rehabilitation services, home care and educational programs that showcase new therapies while encouraging injury and disease prevention. Orthopedic Services are distinguished by the variety of specialists that treat all areas of the body, including joints, neck and back, knee, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder, and hand and wrist.

Physicians on the medical staff treat pain, injuries and disorders related to joints, bones, muscles and tendons. They care for patients with inflammatory problems, degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis, age-related deterioration and tumors. In addition to being highly-trained, the physicians on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas treat some of the highest orthopedic-patient volumes in the region, helping to hone their diagnostic and treatment skills.

"I think it's that combination of expertise and experience that makes us so successful," said Michael Champine, M.D., chairman of orthopedics at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. "We have advanced technology at our fingertips along with doctors and nurses who have a wealth of experience and talent. And that's what this is all about: top-notch medical staff offering advanced treatments to better care for the people in the communities we serve."

View U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals 2007" at http://health.usnews.com/sections/health/best-hospitals.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Established in 1966, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD) is the flagship hospital of Presbyterian Healthcare System, a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. U.S. News and World Report ranks PHD, a recognized clinical program leader providing technologically advanced care to patients, among the nation's best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. The 866-bed facility has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information about PHD, visit www.PHSCare.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR's family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.TexasHealth.org.

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