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Better Outcomes for Complex GI Cancer Operations Performed at High Ranking U.S News Best Hospitals

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A new study finds more is better when it comes to complex GI cancer operations. Patients whose procedures for gastrointestinal malignancies were performed by a surgical team at a hospital ranked as one of America’s “best” by U.S. News & World Report were nearly two and half times more likely to survive the operation than those who had the same procedure done at an unranked hospital. These new research findings are published online on the website of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases a list ranking the top 50 hospitals for specialty and overall care. These rankings, made available to the public, are based on measures in patient outcomes, patient experience, care-related factors, and expert opinion.

Using data from the Vizient clinical database, the researchers assessed 6,662 patients who underwent elective esophagectomy, gastrectomy, or pancreatectomy for malignancies in 2018 at U.S. academic centers and their affiliated community hospitals. After the researchers factored in patient characteristics such as severity of illness, the death rates were still, on average, lower in the high-volume, ranked hospitals versus non-ranked hospitals.

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