What Are the Top 10 Hospitals in the U.S.?

What Are the Top 10 Hospitals in the U.S.?

The United States has excellent hospitals across the country, many of them affiliated with top universities. Picking the best is a difficult task, but among the top 10 hospitals are certainly the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Top 10 Hospitals

Each of the top 10 hospitals has its own unique accomplishments, areas of focus and affiliations. The following looks at the best US hospitals, taken from rankings by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek.

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, Minnesota

The Mayo Clinic is a general medical and surgical facility. The hospital includes one of the world’s largest departments of endocrinology, which treats diabetes. The Mayo Clinic is also known for its Healthy Living Program that advocates exercise, nutrition and mind-body practice. The clinic has hospitals in Jacksonville, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Mayo Clinic Health System has hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.  

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts General Hospital is a teaching hospital for Harvard University Medical School. It also is a general medical and surgical facility. Massachusetts General is well-known for its treatments in a number of areas, including cancer, neurological issues, heart disease, orthopedics, transplantation, urologic diseases, and trauma care. 

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It is one of five hospitals that are part of the Johns Hopkins system, including Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

The Cleveland Clinic includes the Taussig Cancer Institute, Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Pediatric Institute, and the Centers for Geriatric and Diabetes Care. There are 11 hospitals and 18 health centers that are part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

New York City, New York

The New York-Presbyterian Hospital was created after a merger between New York Hospital and The Presbyterian Hospital in 1998. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Among its notable achievements is the development, by Dr. George Papanicolaou, of the Pap smear test for cervical cancer. The Presbyterian Hospital also was the first to perform pediatric heart transplant surgery, done in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center.

UCLA Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

UCLA Medical Center is a teaching hospital for the University of California – Los Angeles. It is part of a network of hospitals throughout Southern California that includes Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital; and the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. The UCLA Medical Center is known for many programs, including the Risk Factor Obesity program that supports patients with guidance on limiting calories, physical activity, and behavior modification.

UCSF Medical Center

San Francisco, California

The UCSF Medical Center is a teaching hospital with three main campuses: the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center at Parnassus Heights; the UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. Among other notable facilities, the Mount Zion campus has the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine that combines modern medicine with globally-minded healing practices.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, California

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles is part of a healthcare system that includes 40 locations. The medical center system has many notable facilities. For example, the Kerlan-Jobe Institute, Cedars-Sinai provides official team orthopedists for three Los Angeles’ sports teams – the Clippers, Dodgers, and Rams. Doctors at Smidt Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai have performed more of two kinds of valve procedures – percutaneous mitral valve repairs and aortic valve replacements – than anywhere else in the U.S.

NYU Langone Hospitals

New York City, New York

The main hospital in the NYU Langone Hospitals system is Tisch Hospital, which is the teaching hospital for the NYU School of Medicine. Other campuses in Manhattan include Rusk Rehabilitation, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. Notable graduates of the NYU School of Medicine include Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin, who developed the polio vaccine.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Chicago, Illinois

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s  Feinberg School of Medicine. The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is among the most notable parts of the hospital system. Northwestern Memorial is also known for performing the first trans myocardial laser revascularization, an alternative heart procedure that is less invasive than surgery or angioplasty.

While these are generally considered the top 10 hospitals in the country, there are many more that provide excellent healthcare services, including surgical procedures and cutting-edge treatment plans.

How We Got Here: Ignoring Evidence and Confusing Cultural with Political Differences

How We Got Here: Ignoring Evidence and Confusing Cultural with Political Differences

I took issue in my previous post with those who live by some fixed truths they are unwilling to have questioned. The idea of climate change has certainly not simply been invented but, so far as I know, neither has it been 100 percent proven. To claim one or the other is an example of what I mean by a fixed truth or a dogma.

Similarly, liberal education is not about spreading around fixed truths like these two. It doesn’t matter if the so-called truth in question is considered politically liberal or politically conservative because being politically liberal is a lot different from being liberally educated.

Liberal Education

Liberally educated people do not go around asserting either that climate change is 100 percent proven or that it is a hoax, that the nation’s borders ought to be entirely open or entirely closed. These are dogmas that might go viral for a day or two but finally get us nowhere.

The only sensible question is what the bulk of the evidence has suggested and for that, we need to listen to what the best-informed people have concluded. That is the basis on which we make up our minds with due regard for, and fairness to, such opposition as they may have encountered. The liberally educated do not look for truth in shouting matches. It exists not inside but outside ourselves–that is, in the evidence, and must be patiently discovered there.

Birmingham Alabama

The liberally educated also attend to the difference between our political and our cultural differences. I was recently told about a church-going Alabama woman who, when she heard some animal invade her cherished bird’s nest, said that she headed straight to her closet to fetch her thirty-eight. Alabama’s gun laws are among the least restrictive in the nation and yet, if this woman were asked to support legislation limiting the access of Alabama children to firearms, I imagine she might do so. In other words, she could think with the culture of her state in rejecting gun control overall, but make an exception in this particular political case.

Similarly, hunting is a much-loved hobby for several of my neighbors in upstate Pennsylvania. But I’m pretty sure some of them agree with the recent Pennsylvania law that requires those convicted of domestic violence to hand over their guns within 24 hours instead of keeping them for 60 days as used to be the case. The gun culture is one thing, gun control politics is another, and the two don’t necessarily coincide.

Inclusion and Diversity

Like so many other colleges these days, the one I taught at until my retirement several years ago emphasizes its commitment to inclusion and diversity. I agreed with that commitment. I also agree that proven student behavior like scratching anti-Semitic phrases on blackboards or shouting out the N-word should be punished with penalties like suspension. But the terms “inclusion and diversity” have become so exhaustively repeated on campuses, and often preached rather than explained, that they strike some students still ignorant of history as lacking in enforceable meaning. That may be one reason why blatant cases of discrimination persist on campuses.

I remember admiring a former student of mine from Texas. Basing a paper she wrote on the practical experience of her and her family, she had the nerve to question the universal and automatic correctness of “inclusion and diversity.” She had been brought up in a San Antonio school district where social service taxes, which included school taxes, had risen so high that her family, already burdened with huge college expenses, had seriously to consider moving elsewhere. Their politically liberal neighbors insisted that the hidden cause of the family’s discontent was not financial distress, but an objection to the nearby overflow of Mexican immigrants, many illegal, for whom newer and larger schools had to be built.

My student had clearly been troubled by this accusation of prejudice, which was repeated by her classmates in our discussion of her paper. The evidence she gave for her argument, however, had to do not with the local increase in Mexican immigrants, whom she described with unfailing respect, but with the notably excessive tax increase on hard-pressed neighborhood families. Her paper far outclassed those of the many other students who relied on tiring invocations of the words “inclusion and diversity,” presumably on the assumption that my grade would indicate how profoundly I would bow before them.

Discovered Evidence vs Righteous Insult

In short, my Texas student demonstrated her regard for discovered evidence as opposed to righteous insult, and her good grade reflected that. The students in our class who, along with some of her family’s San Antonio neighbors immediately accused her of prejudice, were preachers of liberal dogma, perhaps more accurately described as liberal cruelty. Ignoring local culture and particular circumstances, these dogmatic, “fixed truth” liberals are the opposites of the extreme political conservatives whose ahistorical dream of restored American greatness hints strongly of white supremacy.

Will We Remain Divided?

Whether the shouting matches between these two groups will remain the norm of American discourse, and the symptom of a divided culture that it now is, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, its fury demonstrates the value of the quieter, more reasoned approach to our problems characteristic of a “liberal” education, the kind that now seems pretty close to defunct.

This blog article was written by Flying Angels Corporate Ethicist Ronald Wendling. In addition to his posts here, his thoughts can be found on his own blog page Keeping up with Ron.

National Family Caregiver Month: 5 Ways to Appreciate Caregivers

National Family Caregiver Month: 5 Ways to Appreciate Caregivers

National Family Caregiver Month in November offers the family and friends of caregivers a great opportunity. Every day caregivers work hard to make sure a family member is healthy and safe. Now is the time to appreciate caregivers by showing them how much they are loved.

Appreciate Caregivers

Chances are, there is someone among your friends or in your family who is a caregiver. The Pew Research Center estimates there are 40.4 million caregivers in the United States. Most are unpaid. They are caring for adults who are 65 or older, and nine out of 10 are caring for an aging relative.

Many face a demanding schedule, routine physical tasks that can take a toll on their health, and even stress about finances. In some cases, being a caregiver can seem like a thankless job. Family Caregiver Month offers you the chance to show caregivers how much everyone appreciates what they do. If you are looking for ideas, consider the following.

Gift Ideas

There are many ways to appreciate caregivers with gifts. When choosing a gift, think about something that offers the caregiver some “down time” away from the work they do every day. Some ideas include:

  • A prepaid massage
  • A weekend stay at a spa 
  • A vacation 
  • Movie tickets
  • Beautiful flowers
  • Make the caregiver’s favorite meal

Focus on Self-Care

Many of those who work as caregivers rarely have the time to practice self-care. Because of their self-sacrificing instincts, they tend to do for others and think of themselves last. When searching for a gift, thinking about something that shows how you appreciate caregivers by giving them time to do something they love to do. This can range from giving them time to take a long, relaxing bath to purchasing a gift card to their favorite manicurist.

Acts of Kindness

One of the best things you can do for Family Caregiver Month is simply to ask a caregiver what you can do to help. Many caregivers will never ask for help on their own. Take the time to sit down with them and find out what they need from you. Another act of kindness is to simply listen – give them a sympathetic ear. Sometimes, just being able to voice your problems to a trusted friend or family member can make you feel immediately better.

Hire Help

If you and a circle of friends or family members can afford it, hiring at-home help can have a huge impact on the lives of caregivers. Even someone who comes by once or twice a week to help with issues such as laundry or house cleaning can make a significant difference. 

Chip In For A Week

If you want to show caregiver appreciation, consider gathering together all your friends and/or family members and coming up with a schedule to handle all the chores for a week or more. Take care of issues such as sweeping, vacuuming, washing the dishes and doing the laundry. If you can make this something you do regularly, that’s even better. Family Caregiver Month offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate caregivers and all the hard work they do. Don’t let the month get away without showing caregivers how much you care about them.

What are Medical Flights?

What are Medical Flights?

Medical flights and medical travel involve patients making arrangements to have a flight nurse with them during travel. Their trips are typically planned by an RN Flight Coordinator who ensures that every phase of the trip goes smoothly.

They differ from emergency flights, in which patients are flown directly to a hospital by plane or helicopter.

Medical flights and medical travel are popular because they allow those with debilitating conditions, disorders, disabilities or injuries to have the comfort and security of a flight nurse accompanying them through the airport and during their flight.  

Flight nurses typically work with an agency such as Flying Angels that also employs an RN Flight Coordinator. They handle all the advance planning for medical travel, coordinating with airports, airlines, ground transportation and hotels.

Examples of Why People Need Medical Flights

The reason for seeking medical flights or medical travel differ by the individual. When using medical transport, patients have made the decision that they want support during their trip from a trained, qualified and experienced nurse.

In many cases, the patients are older travelers with a chronic condition. They could be visiting relatives, going on a family vacation to a distant location or relocating to a new home to be closer to family.

Whatever the case, medical flights provide them with the support they need. For example, airport personnel is contacted in advance so they know when the patient is arriving. The nurse goes through security with patients and makes sure any medical equipment (such as a wheelchair) are stored properly on the flight.

The flight nurse ensures that the patient gets the best seat possible. They also have all the medication the patient needs for the flight. They have experience in providing medical services and are experts at high-altitude healthcare. 

Medical flights and medical travel provide security and comfort to patients who decide to work with a professional non-emergency medical transportation company.

Medical Emergency Flights

Medical emergency flights are sometimes referred to as medical flights, but the difference is the “emergency” part.

Patients on an emergency medical flight are usually being taken from the scene of an accident or a natural disaster to a hospital. Emergency personnel provides medical care during the flight that focuses on preserving life until they can get to an intensive care unit. So, while the term medical flight might sometimes be used to refer to emergency flights, it typically refers to non-emergency medical transport. It’s a way for people to have peace of mind during their flight, knowing they will arrive safely and have help if any type of emergency does arise.

How We Got Here: The Loss of Faith In Listening

How We Got Here: The Loss of Faith In Listening

This is the beginning of a series of posts written from the point of view of a retired English professor reflecting on the changes in American society that started taking place some years ago and that foreshadowed the divisions, political and social, we are now facing.

Fred Trump, the President’s father, is reported to have set down the following rule for his now-famous son: “eat or be eaten.” But surely one lesson we learn from growing up is that there is such a thing as sane competition. We do have legitimate needs and desires that we should insist upon if we are not to be taken advantage of, much less bullied. But there is also what I would call insane competition–the kind that rolls over the egos of others like a cement mixer.

Impossible Truth

The central problem with this screwball brand of competition is that it makes no distinction between truth and falsehood. The crazy competitor is never wrong; he has no need to listen to the opinions of others (except for formality’s sake) because he never doubts that his opinions are the right ones. This inability to assert oneself without first abolishing the assertions of others makes patient discovery of the truth impossible. There is simply no difference between what’s true and what the bully thinks is true. Such a person lives in a closed world where there is no need to take another person seriously for the simple reason that the other person, whenever he opposes the bully, is by that very fact wrong. Insane competitors like this readily become dogmatists in religion and dictators in politics. The world is now overrun with dogmatic, dictatorial competitors for whom truth does not exist outside themselves. But the core of a liberal education, as I understand it, is precisely finding that very truth. Higher education is not merely a ticket into the middle class (and an absurdly expensive one at that). Neither do educators like me who claim it is definitely more than that belong to an outdated set of dreamers.

Thinking it through

Of course social developments that make searching for truth sound like a laughably high-sounding educational goal have indeed occurred: the great Recession led to an unusually high degree of financial anxiety; college costs rose at a frantic pace; scholarships were hard to find; too many graduates had to live longer with their parents; marriages had to be postponed; childcare was difficult to afford and college debt nearly impossible to pay off; affordable housing was scarce, and divorce more frequent under those tense circumstances.

Liberal Education

When I insist nevertheless that the truth is outside us, and not within easy grasp, and that a liberal education can help us find it, I am not talking about some fixed truth we can live off of for the rest of our lives. In fact it is the dogmatic and dictatorial competitor, the one whose absolute confidence in himself has made carefully listening to others unnecessary, that thrives on the grand, standard answers and has difficulty associating with anyone who thinks differently from him. The liberally educated, on the other hand, like to think small. By talking to others on a particular subject they do not necessarily want to repeat what they argued for in a paper they wrote twenty years ago but to decide on what is best in today’s changed circumstances, which may or may not require a different thesis. These are the sane, thoughtful competitors, the open minds that a democracy thrives on and that, when we lose them, will cause democracy to shrivel.

Pope Francis Listening

Questioning Inclusion and Diversity

Inclusion and diversity is an admirable goal for education, but I will return in my next post to a student I taught years ago who had the courage to question that goal at least in the particular circumstances with which she was familiar. I have lost track of her since then, but I am as certain as I can be that the care she took to listen carefully to those with whom she disagreed has made her by now a non-dogmatic, non-dictatorial but highly valuable contributor to our democracy.

This blog article was written by Flying Angels Corporate Ethicist Ronald Wendling. In addition to his posts here, his thoughts can be found on his own blog page Keeping up with Ron.

7 Unique Holiday Travel Ideas

7 Unique Holiday Travel Ideas

If you’re thinking about leaving town during the holidays, the number of options might surprise you. For those willing to plan ahead for their holiday travel, they will find many great choices for where to spend their winter break.

But before finding a place to go, it’s important to keep a big tip in mind: Try to schedule your holiday travel trip in the first part of winter break, which is usually the week that includes Christmas. The second half, which includes New Year’s Eve, is usually much busier for travelers.

Holiday Travel Tips

Here are some more tips for holiday travel as well as some great destination ideas. 

Enjoy The Lights Of Christmas Towns

Some of the most memorable holiday travel destinations are the Christmas Towns scattered across the United States. These are towns that know how to do the holidays right. They show their holiday spirit with elaborate light displays, beautiful Christmas decorations, holiday craft fairs, and winter festivals. Examples include Cape Cod in Massachusetts, St. Augustine in Florida and Taos in New Mexico.

Visit European Christmas Markets

The Christmas holiday is one of the best times to visit Europe, which is known for dazzling Christmas markets where you can shop, people watch and enjoy beautiful lights and scenery. Some, such as the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt in Germany, have been going since the 16th century. Others include the Munich Christmas Market in Germany, the Christmas market at La Défense in Paris, and London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Be OK With Stopovers on International Travel

Speaking of travel to Europe, people who are willing to have a stopover on an international trip can often find tickets that are cheaper.  A nonstop ticket will be much more expensive. But breaking the trip into essentially two flights can result in lower prices. Plus, you are not going to regret spending a night in Porto, Helsinki, Geneva or Rome. Just make sure to have an international travel checklist.

See Business-Oriented Cities

Have you ever wanted to see Dallas, Atlanta or Phoenix? These cities, which typically draw tons of business travelers, will be relatively low-key during the holidays but have many great attractions for visitors.

Look For Deals

If you want to see New York City or Los Angeles decked out for the holidays, then look for deals. Much like the European cities such as London, Paris and Rome, these cities draw both business and tourist travelers. However, more deals on hotels and flights can typically be found around the holidays as opposed to the big travel months in the spring and summer. Also, if skiing is your thing, consider going to Utah rather than Aspen or Vail in Colorado.

Look For New Routes and Hotels

Airlines often offer deals on new flight routes. You’ll also want to check out how to find the best seat on an airplane. Hotels and resorts offer deals when they have just opened. Consider being open-minded about where you go and book the trip where you can get the best deal.

Visit Jerusalem

For travelers who place importance in their faith, the holidays are an excellent time to visit Jerusalem. There are holy sites for Jews, Muslims and Christians in the city. They include the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Tower of David and the Mount of Olives. Also, Bethlehem offers Christmas Eve tours.  These are some ideas to keep in mind as the holidays approach. Holiday travel, if planned properly, can actually be easier than traveling during other times of the year. And the scenery, lights and atmosphere are the best you will find any time during the year.