Roswell Park Again Included on U.S. News List of Best Hospitals for Cancer

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Highlights: 
RPCI moved up six spots, to no. 27, on this year's ranking
One of 140 centers identified as a Best Hospital nationally
Criteria included survival score, patient safety, nurse staffing and reputation

RPCI moves up six spots on list of nation’s best cancer centers; also tops new metro-area rankings

BUFFALO, NY — (RPCI) has again been ranked among the top cancer hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals, published online at http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals. RPCI jumped six spots, to 27, on the publication’s annual roster of Top-Ranked Hospitals for Cancer — the only New York State institution outside Manhattan on that list.

In addition to its national ranking, RPCI captured the top spot as the best hospital in the Buffalo metro region, and was recognized as “high-performing” in the medical specialties of Gynecology, Urology and Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases. The rankings will be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

“Once again, our inclusion on the U.S. News list reflects the trajectory of growth and the outstanding quality of research, education and care at RPCI,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, President and CEO of RPCI. “The teams of individuals who provide outstanding care, educate leaders of the next generation of cancer caregivers and researchers and conduct cutting-edge, innovative cancer research are world-class, and recognition of this sort helps us tell everyone how good they are.”

“Being identified as a Best Hospital by U.S. News affirms what I see every day here: highly skilled, talented caregivers, innovative scientists who are passionate about finding better therapies, and a mission-driven team that’s rock-solid across every area of operations,” added RPCI Deputy Director Candace S. Johnson, PhD. “It’s that consistency across various measures of performance that I’m most proud of.”

In compiling its national list of 140 Best Hospitals in 16 specialties, U.S. News evaluated 4,825 U.S. medical centers. The rankings are driven by data such as survival score, patient safety, nurse staffing and reputation.

“In a highly specialized field like oncology, emerging therapies can save lives, and the outcome often depends on the initial diagnosis and treatment; healthcare consumers should select their care providers very carefully,” said Judy Smith, MD, MS, CPE, FACS, Medical Director of RPCI. “Increasingly, patients are able to use factors such as quality of care, outcomes and other indicators such as rankings like U.S. News’ into their decision-making. The more information and resources they have, the better.” In May, RPCI became one of the first cancer centers to issue a comprehensive report card on its clinical care, trends and outcomes. That document, Quality 2011, can be downloaded at http://www.roswellpark.org/quality.

Roswell Park, a Leapfrog Top Hospital, holds Magnet Recognition Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Namedby AARP The Magazine as one of the best hospitals for complex cases of cancer, RPCI has earned commendations from BlueCross BlueShield and Optum Health, among others.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org