M. D. Anderson Earns Top Ranking for Cancer Hospitals
In Annual U.S. News & World Report SurveyM. D. Anderson News Release 07/11/08
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center once again is the top hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey.
This is the fourth time in the past six years that M. D. Anderson has achieved the lead ranking. It has been ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care for 19 years since the survey began.
"I am very proud that M. D. Anderson has again been recognized for its outstanding patient care, innovative clinical trials program, nursing, supportive services, community outreach and research," said M. D. Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D. "Every day, our faculty, staff and volunteers live our mission to eradicate cancer, and this honor recognizes their relentless efforts. We share this with all of our courageous patients who are both our inspiration and driving force in making cancer history®."
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a reputation survey of board-certified physicians around the nation, patient data and a mix of care-related factors such as nurse-to-patient ratios, current technologies and services available to patients and the community.
The data gathered by U.S. News & World Report complements the wide range of quality and safety data that M. D. Anderson collects independently to measure, monitor and constantly improve hospital and clinic operations and the patient experience.
For example, in the last year, M. D. Anderson was accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that identified only five areas for process and program improvement. So few notations from the commission's survey are considered outstanding for a large and complex medical center, said Thomas W. Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief. M. D. Anderson has been accredited by The Joint Commission, without interruption, since 1951.
In addition, M. D. Anderson's patient satisfaction survey, a study conducted by an external expert on an ongoing basis, yielded exceptionally high marks in the past year with an average 96.5 percent of patients surveyed reporting a positive experience with their care.
As M. D. Anderson continues to expand patient services and facilities on the main campus and in the suburbs, quality care, patient safety and satisfaction remain top priorities.
To address the projected cancer care needs of the aging baby boomer population, M. D. Anderson is expanding its Albert B. and Margaret M. Alkek Hospital by nine floors and 384 beds. New patient rooms will open in phases between 2011 and 2013.
To save some patients from traveling to the Texas Medical Center, M. D. Anderson now has five satellite centers, four of which offer radiation therapy and one which offers radiation and a medical oncology practice. The radiation treatment centers are in Katy, Bellaire, The Woodlands and Fort Bend County. In addition, the M. D. Anderson Clinical Care Center in the Bay Area offers radiation treatment and medical oncology services as well as chemotherapy administration, a laboratory for blood work and a blood donor room.
M. D. Anderson also extends services to the underserved community by overseeing and staffing the oncology program at Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hospital, a component of the Harris County Hospital District. Currently, there are 12 part-time clinical faculty members, 18 part-time medical oncology fellows and five research nurses who staff the oncology program at LBJ, at no cost to the county. The program recorded nearly 6,000 patient visits in 2007 and treated 1,413 patients, entirely at LBJ.
M. D. Anderson continues as one of the largest cancer centers in the world, serving more than 85,000 patients last year, 29,000 of whom were newly registered that year. Many who come to M. D. Anderson care seek the latest therapies, diagnostics, surgical techniques and prevention strategies. More than 11,000 patients participated in clinical trials of potential new therapies, the largest such program for cancer in the nation.
M. D. Anderson employs more than 17,000 people, including more than 1,300 faculty. In addition, a volunteer corps of more than 1,500 people, many who are cancer survivors, contributes more than 250,000 hours of service annually, equal to 120 full-time employees.