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Charité tops rankings for the ninth year running
The German weekly news magazine Focus awarded Charité the top spot in its rankings of the best 100 German hospitals, crowning it ‘Best German Hospital’ for the ninth year running. The 2021 Focus hospital rankings were based on data from more than 1,200 hospitals and represent the most comprehensive review of hospital care within German-speaking countries.
“I am delighted that Charité has once again been crowned Best German Hospital. Achieving this outstanding result for the ninth year running has only been possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of the highly qualified staff who work across all areas of Charité. We can take pride in that,” emphasizes Charité’s Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dr. Heyo K. Kroemer.
Hospitals are ranked based on an analysis of a wide range of quality criteria. This year, the overall data set considered included surveys of 1,247 hospitals and 14,146 referring physicians. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers refrained from requesting direct responses from the hospitals. In addition to taking into account standards of hygiene, patients’ reviews and the hospitals’ suitability for diabetic patients, the rankings analysis also considers specific quality parameters pertaining to medical treatment and care. These include the percentage of medical specialists and specialist nursing staff, qualifications, technology and equipment standards, certifications and standards of nursing. The overall rankings confirmed Charité’s longstanding position as ‘Best German Hospital'.
The following specialties and therapeutic areas were rated as ‘outstanding’: High-risk births, cardiology, lung cancer, 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. The following therapeutic areas were awarded for the first time: plastic and reconstructive surgery, gynecological cancers, gynecological surgery, thyroid surgery, knee surgery (cruciate ligament/meniscus), shoulder surgery, nuclear medicine, psychosomatic medicine, and dental 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). As a first step, MINQ conducts 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.