July/August 1999

Good Samaritan in Cincinnati among best hospitals for cardiac, urology care

The 10th edition of "America’s Best Hospitals," an annual ranking developed by U.S. News and World Report, lists Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 37th in the country for cardiology and heart surgery and 47th for urology procedures. The ranking is based on hospital reputation among physicians, mortality rate and other data including technology and nursing care. To be eligible for ranking, hospitals must meet at least one of three criteria: membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals, affiliation with a medical school or having at least nine items of medical technology on a list of 17. School district honors Penrose-St. Francis in Colorado Springs Med Link, a program provided by Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, Colo., received a Partners in Education "Best in the West" Award from Colorado Springs School District 11. Med Link teaches high school students about health professions through classroom and community experience. For the past three years, Penrose Community Hospital has provided the program with guest lecturers, field trips and shadowing opportunities that give students a first-hand look at clinical settings. Magazine features St. Anthony in Denver’s commitment to trauma care The Trauma Service at Centura-St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver, Colo., was the cover story in the inaugural issue of M.D. News, a business and lifestyle magazine for Denver physicians. The article focused on St. Anthony Central’s "T-10," the only operating room in Colorado prepared to take trauma patients directly into surgery from the field. The article also noted that St. Anthony Central established the nation’s first hospital-based emergency helicopter transportation program, Colorado’s first EMT and paramedic training program, and is the only private, non-profit Level I trauma center in Colorado. Family expresses gratitude for miracle in Oakes, N.D. The staff of Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, N.D., is accustomed to the health problems that can result from treacherous winter weather. When 90-year-old Margaret Hansen of Forman, N.D., came in on a cold January day with a body temperature of 80 degrees after being lost in the snow for more than eight hours, the staff responded quickly to raise her temperature and treat her external injuries. Margaret’s son-in-law recently took the time to write at length about the near-tragedy, expressing appreciation for the role the Oakes staff played in her swift recovery.