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Tuesday, August 02, 2016


Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak earns nine U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ national rankings

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has earned national recognition by U.S. News & World Report in nine medical specialties in this year’s “America’s Best Hospitals” rankings. This marks the 22nd consecutive year Beaumont, Royal Oak has been included in the U.S. News national rankings, designed to identify the best medical centers for the most complex cases in various medical specialties.


sporer-weight-lossWhen Greg Sporer’s family doctor referred him to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak’s Weight Control Center several years ago, the now 52-year-old Center Line man was taking two medications for high blood pressure and four more to manage his diabetes. 

“I’m not afraid of needles, but I was motivated to take the plunge and try bariatric surgery when they told me it was time to start daily insulin injections,” said Sporer, who weighed 320 pounds at the time of his surgery in January 2015. “I had no interest in sticking a needle in my belly every day.”

Since the surgery, “It’s been a total lifestyle change for me,” Sporer explained. “I haven’t had a slice of bread or piece of pizza since before the surgery. Now I eat to live, instead of live to eat.”

Now weighing in at 216 pounds, the 6 foot, 3 inch, competitive racquetball player is off all diabetes and high blood pressure medications and no longer pricks his finger several times a day to test his blood sugar levels.

“I am so grateful to my doctors and the Weight Control Center staff at Royal Oak,” Sporer said. “I couldn’t have done it without their ongoing support and belief in me.” 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Beaumont, Royal Oak is top-ranked in Michigan for Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; and Orthopedics. It is the only Michigan hospital to achieve a national ranking in Orthopedics.


Sally VanDeventer, of Grosse Pointe Farms, fractured her ankle when she was 17 years old. She hit a tree while she was tobogganing.  Her ankle began bothering her again years later. She tried various treatment options. “It was extremely painful. I tried to put off surgery as long as I could,” she said. Nothing worked.

VanDeventer knew she needed an ankle replacement. So, the 78-year-old started researching doctors and found Beaumont orthopedic surgeon Zachary Vaupel, M.D.

“I was impressed by his office. Dr. Vaupel was likable and competent. I knew Beaumont had a strong reputation,” VanDeventer said. “There are not a lot of people who do this procedure and who have experience. I wanted to go with a doctor who knew what he was doing.”

Dr. Vaupel, a foot and ankle specialist, performed the surgery at Beaumont, Royal Oak. After several weeks of physical therapy, VanDeventer said she finally got her life back after suffering with pain for years.

Dr. Vaupel added, “It’s always gratifying to see my patients feel better. Ankle replacement is a technical, challenging procedure and you need to be precise. Before the surgery, every step she took caused her pain. Now, she’s able to garden again.”


Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is nationally ranked in the following nine medical specialties for 2016-17:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery - #25
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology - #10
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery - #18
  • Geriatrics - #26
  • Nephrology (Kidney) - #31
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery - #28
  • Orthopedics - #22
  • Pulmonology - #22
  • Urology - #22

In addition, Beaumont, Royal Oak received a “high-performing” regional ranking in Gynecology and the hospital was ranked No. 2 in Metro Detroit.

Beaumont Health has three other hospitals recognized by U.S. News as among the top 10 in Metro Detroit.

Beaumont Hospital, Troy earned “high-performing” regional rankings in six medical specialties: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; and Urology. It is ranked No. 6 in Michigan and No. 4 in Metro Detroit.

Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, earned a “high performing” regional ranking in Nephrology and is one of three hospitals ranked No. 12 in Michigan and one of two hospitals ranked No. 7 in Metro Detroit.

Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe earned “high-performing” regional rankings in three medical specialties: Geriatrics; Orthopedics and Pulmonology. It is one of four hospitals ranked No. 15 in Michigan and one of four hospitals ranked No. 9 in Metro Detroit.

“This recognition reflects the ongoing work and dedication of our team to constantly improve quality, safety and service for the benefit of the patients and families we serve,” said John Fox, president and CEO, Beaumont Health. “It also demonstrates our board’s commitment to providing state-of-the-art technology and facilities for our team to deliver the highest quality care.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nursing staff and more.

“This is a credit to our medical leadership, our medical staff and to our nurses and other team members who are all focused on providing extraordinary, compassionate care every day,” said David Wood, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, Beaumont Health. 

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1.