Rush recognized for strong quality of care
Rush University Medical Center earned rankings in 11 specialty areas in the 2012–2013 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S.News & World Report, which annually rates the top hospitals across the country in 16 medical specialties. Rush ranks higher than any other program in Illinois in the following categories:
Orthopedics (No. 11 in the nation)
Geriatrics (No. 12)
Kidney disorders (No. 17)
Rush’s other ranked programs include the following:
Neurology and neurosurgery (No. 17)
Heart and heart surgery (No. 21)
Urology (No. 22)
Gastroenterology (No. 44)
Ear, nose and throat (No. 46)
Gynecology (No. 46)
Pulmonology (No. 47)
Diabetes and endocrinology (No. 49).
Only 148 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States scored high enough this year to rank in even one specialty.
U.S. News’ 2012–2013 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings included Rush Children’s Hospital in two of the 10 categories: gastroenterology (No. 35) and neonatology (No. 44).
In addition, Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital received top grades for patient safety in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals conducted by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement. Both hospitals received an A grade for overall performance in keeping patients safe from medical and medication errors, infections, and injuries.
Erectile dysfunction may indicate heart disease risk
A man’s sexual function might provide information about his overall health. That’s the finding of a report by the Princeton Consensus Conference, a collaboration of 22 international multispecialty researchers. It showed men over 30 with erectile dysfunction (ED) are twice as likely to develop heart disease.
Therefore the panel recommends men older than 30 years old who experience ED receive a thorough, noninvasive heart disease evaluation.
“Getting treatment for ED can play a critical role in helping reduce a patient’s cardiovascular health risk, even when the patient has no symptoms of cardiovascular disease,” says Ajay Nehra, MD, director of men’s health in the Department of Urology at Rush University Medical Center and the study’s lead author.
“Any man with erectile dysfunction should be considered at a substantially higher cardiovascular risk until further testing can be done,” Nehra says. A thorough assessment of heart disease risk can help physicians know when to take preventive steps.
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