U.S. News & World Report has released its 29th annual Best Hospitals rankings and Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita was one of only two Kansas hospitals — and the only one in south-central Kansas — to make the list.
The 2018-19 rankings are based on an evaluation of more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year,158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty.
“Being one of them validates us as our area’s leader in quality and patient safety,” said Carla Yost, system chief nursing officer and chief quality officer, about the Via Christi hospitals’ inclusion on the list of elite performers. “That’s important as choosing the right hospital is a major decision for families needing care.”
More than 1,100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high performing rating in all nine of the procedures and conditions evaluated. St. Francis ranked 42nd for ear, nose and throat and high performing for heart failure and colon cancer surgery.
Because St. Francis and Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph operate under a single license, the recognition reflects the performance of both hospitals.
The annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care. They also serve as a testament to the efforts of those who provide that care.
“Every person has a role in ensuring high-quality care and the compassion with which it is provided,” said Kevin Strecker, interim regional hospital president for Via Christi’s Wichita hospitals. “Ranking among the nation’s best is a wonderful validation of everyone’s contributions to the care we provide.”
The University of Kansas Hopital in Kansas City was the other Kansas hospital on this year's list of the nation's best.