Swedish/Edmonds named among America’s Best Hospitals

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Swedish/Edmonds announced Friday that it has been designated among America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News Media Group, publisher of U.S. News & World Report. The hospital is nationally ranked in the medical specialty of urology.

U.S. News’ Best Hospitals ranking is one of the best known and most highly respected national surveys of hospitals,” says Timothy Roddy, MD, urologist and senior medical director, Swedish/Edmonds. “This is a tremendous honor to be included on this year’s list and to be considered among the very best.”

For its 2010-11 analysis of hospitals, U.S. News & World Report ranked hospitals in 16 specialties, from urology and cancer, to kidney disorders and orthopedics. This year, 152 of the 4,852 hospitals evaluated performed well enough to rank in one or more specialties. Death rates, patient safety, and reputation with more than 9,000 specialists went into the 2010-11 rankings.

Urology is a surgical specialty that focuses on providing treatment and care for the urinary tracts of men and women, and on the reproductive system of males. Nearly 1,500 hospitals are listed in urology according to U.S. News & World Report. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 62 inpatients who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2006, 2007 and 2008, or if surveyed specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

“This recognition reflects the dedication of our team of physicians and hospital staff to assuring that our urology patients receive the highest level of care every day,” says Michelle Sinnett, MD, medical staff president, Swedish/Edmonds.

In 2009, Swedish/Edmonds, formerly Stevens Hospital, began performing urology procedures using a specialized operating room table. The UROSKOP Access urodiagnostic table features two state-of-the-art flat-screen monitors that allow physicians to more clearly view radiology images while providing unrestricted access to the patient on the table from all sides. Traditional operating room tables for urology procedures limit physician access to the patient to only one side. The system also incorporates specific dose-reduction features to protect patients and medical staff from radiological exposure during Brachytherapy – a very precise surgical procedure that involves delivering a dose of radiation directly to the prostate gland to treat cancer.

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