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Charité secures the top spot in the German hospital rankings for the eighth year running
Expressing his delight at this achievement, Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer, Charité’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “It fills me with pride that Charité has once more been crowned ‘Best German Hospital'. I would like to thank all our members of staff for their commitment and hard work. This is an outstanding achievement.”
Hospitals are ranked based on an analysis of a wide range of quality criteria. This year, data considered included surveys of 7,270 hospitals and approximately 11,000 referring physicians. The ranking also takes into account standards of hygiene, patients’ reviews and suitability for diabetic patients, and considers specific quality parameters pertaining to medical treatment and care, such as the percentage of medical specialists and specialist nursing staff, qualifications, technology and equipment standards, certifications and standards of nursing. As in previous years, Charité came top in the overall ranking and was therefore crowned ‘Best German Hospital’.
The following specialties and therapeutic areas were rated as ‘outstanding’: Labor/births, cardiology, bowel cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, orthopedic surgery, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, anxiety disorders, radiation therapy, diabetes, brain tumors, vascular surgery, spinal surgery, trauma surgery, leukemia, gall bladder surgery, dermatology treatments, skin cancer, stroke and pediatric surgery.
Every year, the German weekly news magazine ‘Focus’ commissions the independent research institute MINQ to collate ‘Deutschlands große Klinikliste’ (the big list of German hospitals). Every year, MINQ starts its data collection exercise by conducting interviews with family physicians and senior physicians in charge of the relevant specialist departments. The use of reciprocal professional evaluation has been shown to be a reliable method for correctly assessing the quality of medical treatment. This exercise produced a pool of 1,473 recommended hospitals comprising 7,270 specialist departments. Each of these was then assessed in greater detail using a range of different criteria. The results of this detailed evaluation were then used to make comparisons between different hospitals.