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    CPMC Gastroenterologists Ranked Among Best in U.S.

    For Immediate Release: July 15, 2010
    Contact: Kevin McCormack, Media Relations Manager
    (415) 600-7484 or pager (415) 232-6463
    mccormkd@sutterhealth.org

    San Francisco, CA – July, 15, 2010

    California Pacific Medical Center’s Gastroenterology Department has been named one of the best in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals report. CPMC Gastroenterology ranked 44th in the nation, gaining high marks for its physicians, its nurses and its much higher than average survival rates. “This is the second year in a row that we have been honored as among the best in the nation,” says Michael Verhille, M.D., Chief of Gastroenterology at CPMC. “It’s fitting recognition for the incredible work that our physicians, nurses and support staff do in delivering the very best care possible to our patients.”

    Best Hospitals 2010-11 includes rankings of 152 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology, and urology. Full data is available online for another 1,740 hospitals that qualified for ranking but did not score high enough to be ranked.

    The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, procedure volume, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties--ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology--hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

    To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria: It had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more types of medical technology considered important in a high-quality medical facility, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies.

    Next, the hospitals had to meet a volume requirement, individually calculated for each specialty. The required volume was the number of Medicare inpatients from 2006 to 2008 who had various specified procedures and conditions in the specialty. A hospital that fell short could still qualify if it had been nominated by at least one physician in any of the U.S. News Best Hospitals reputational surveys conducted in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

    “It’s always nice to get national recognition for the good work that you do,” says Warren Browner, MD, MPH, CEO of California Pacific Medical Center. “I think this ranking is just one more way for our patients to know that they are in excellent hands when they come to us for care.”

    “When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for yourself or someone close to you,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “These hospitals are accustomed to seeing the sickest patients day in and day out.”

    The report is available online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News, available on newsstands July 27.

    California Pacific Medical Center. Beyond Medicine

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, we believe in the power of medicine. We research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. But we also believe that medicine alone is only part of the solution. That’s why we look intently at each individual case and treat the whole person, not just the illness. It’s why we go beyond medical care and provide our patients with things like disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. As one of California’s latest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, and a Sutter Health affiliate, we are able to reach deep into our community to provide education, screening and financial support in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. Medicine can transform a body. Going beyond medicine can transform a life.