Southeast Hospital ranks among the nation’s “High Performing” hospitals as rated by U.S. News & World Report.
Southeast ranked high in treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD in this year’s study, which evaluated hospitals regarding five procedures and medical conditions.
Southeast Hospital was the only hospital in the southeast Missouri region to receive a “high performing” rating. The Hospital was credited with success in preventing unplanned returns of COPD patients to the Hospital for causes related to COPD within 30 days of discharge.
Southeast Hospital’s pulmonologists emphasize the importance of rehab in treatment of patients with pulmonary disease.
Khalid Khan, MD, of Southeast Pulmonology says, “I refer my patients to Southeast Pulmonary Rehab because they are able to provide the proper treatment for lung disease. The facility and staff are excellent. My patients always come back telling me how much better they feel after going through the program.”
Aravind Pothineni, MD, of Southeast Pulmonology and medical director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, says, “The American College of Chest Physicians recommends that patients with moderate, severe or very severe COPD, who have had a recent exacerbation (increased severity of any symptoms) in less than four weeks, undergo pulmonary rehabilitation to prevent future exacerbations of COPD.”
Dr. Pothineni adds, “It has been well established that pulmonary rehabilitation improves quality of life, exercise tolerance and dyspnea (shortness of breath) in patients with various pulmonary pathologies.”
Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News, notes, “The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes. We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions.”
U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across the nation. Only about 10 percent of hospitals were rated as high performers.