Catholic hospitals make Thomson Reuters top 100 list

Thomson Reuters has released its annual list of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. Listings of medical centers, universities, companies to work for, etc., are always dubious at best. Rating agencies use different criteria and different metrics, but no one ever complains when they get a top spot.

Thomson Reuters has published its 100 Top Hospitals list for the past 17 years. This year, 17 Catholic hospitals or medical centers made the list. By category, they are:

Major teachings hospitals: Providence Hospital and Medical Center, Southfield, Mich.

Teaching hospitals with 200 or more acute-care beds: St. Vincent’s Indianpolis Hospital, Indianapolis; St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Edgewood, Ky.; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Baptist Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.

Large community hospitals with 250 or more acute-care beds: Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tenn.; St. Thomas Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.; and Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas.

Medium-size community hospitals with 100-249 acute-care beds: St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, Carmel, Ind.; St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis; Mercy Hospital Clermont, Batavia, Ohio; and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, Youngstown, Ohio,

Small community hospitals with 25-99 acute-care beds: St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Red Bluff, Calif.; St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital, Howell, Mich.; St. Joseph Mercy Saline Hospital, Saline, Mich.; St. Joseph Hospital, Tawas City, Mich.; and St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Jefferson City, Tenn.

The full list and the benchmarks used to make the list are published in Modern Healthcare.

Vatican’s doctrinal chief discusses challenges facing church

Cardinal William J. Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently gave an interview to Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, the director of the Toronto-based Salt + Light Television. In the interview on S + L’s show Witness during a visit to Ottawa this month, Cardinal Levada discussed some of the major issues and challenges facing the church today: the spread of the Catholic faith, Pope Benedict XVI’s outreach to the Anglican Communion, the efforts to reach out to Catholics who have not fully accepted the Second Vatican Council, and the delicate work of the dicastery in dealing with sexual abuse.

Cardinal Levada is the former archbishop of San Francisco. He succeeded Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as prefect after he was elected to to the papacy after the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

Click here to see Father Rosica’s interview with the cardinal.

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