the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital were both ranked as "Honor Roll
Hospitals" by US News and World Report in the weekly news magazine's
July 12 issue.
ranked 14th (up from 15 in 2003) and LPCH ranked 12th (up
from 18th in 2003). In the latest survey Neurology and Neurosurgery
improved most dramatically (to 12th in 2004 from 25th in 2003) and improved
standing was also noted for the SHC ranking in cancer, orthopedics,
psychiatry, respiratory disorders, rheumatology and urology. At the
same time there were slight declines in SHC's ranking in cardiac, kidney
disease, ENT, gynecology and rehabilitation.
July 5 newsletter, Dean Philip Pizzo said that while SHC and LPCH "have
done quite well and are clearly among the nation's most valued hospitals,"
the relatively small size of Stanford in comparison with other major
academic medical centers "has an impact on the ratings."
noted that despite potential flaws in methodology the ratings "have
a considerable impact on how the public views hospitals and on how hospitals
and medical centers promote or market their putative excellence."
Pizzo responded to similar U.S. News ratings for medical schools: [http://deansnewsletter.stanford.edu/archive/04_05_04.html].
He said then that while Stanford was ranked no. 8, its ranking may have
been adversely impacted by its relatively small size. Reflected in the
ratings was Stanford's total research funding, lower than its much larger
peer institutions. However, Pizzo noted the ratings failed to account
for Stanford's relative research funding - first in the nation in terms
of peer reviewed funding per faculty member.)
Philip A Pizzo's Dean Newsletter: http://deansnewsletter.stanford.edu/archive/07_05_04.html.