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Monday, July 16, 2001- The Michigan Daily - 3

JMHS receives top honors in US. News'rankings
Maria Sprow nation's 6,116 hospitals, 1,878 hospitals were ear, nose and throat treatment. Those rankings to 14th. Other improvements were in the ran
y News Editor eligible for the honor roll. Fifteen hospitals were based on reputation, mortality rates, ings of orthopaedics and urology and in t


he University Health System joined the
s of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
11 three hospitals made the Honor Roll in
News and World Report's annual ranking
he nation's best hospitals.
his honor reflects the commitment of
ry U of M Health System employee," Uni-
sity Executive Vice President for Medical
airs Gilbert Omenn said in a written state-
he University jumped up from the number
spot on the list to number seven. Out of the

made the list.
Above the University are Johns Hopkins at
number one, the Mayo Clinic at number two
and Massachusetts General Hospital in
Boston at number three. The Cleveland Clin-
ic, the University of California-Los Angeles
Medical Center and the Duke University
Medical Center received spots number four,
five and six, respectively.
The University's spot on the list is shared
with the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
The overall rankings were based on the rank-
ings held by the hospitals in 17 different spe-
cialties, including pediatrics, rehabilitation, and

patient care, nursing and technology.
Omenn attributed the University's rank to
recent publicity that have helped the hospitals
gain national attention.
"Our Health Minute program, which gener-
ates weekly news and feature items for Michi-
gan and national media, has surely helped raise
our visibility nationally," he said.
The University Health System was ranked
fifth in the nation in ENT treatment. It ranked
10th in geriatrics and hormonal therapy and
11th in rehabilitation, orthopaedics, and the
treatment of cancer and kidney disease.
Neurosurgery, ranked 24th last year, jumped

treatment of kidney disease. In a change from
recent years, the health system also made the
list in cardiology and pediatrics.
Omenn said that while the health system
hopes to continue to improve its national rank-
ing, it is currently in good company, and mov-
ing up more will be difficult.
"There are many remarkable hospitals
below us in the rankings, all trying to move
up," he said. "We are in pretty rarified com-
Omenn said the health system is working
hard to improve its clinical services, research
contributions, and patient satisfaction.

'U' physicians design new helmet
to correct flattened head trouble
BySarahScott backsin order to help prevent crib death. ance provider for coveraget
Daily StaftReporter Children with flattened heads may cost, Peethambaran explained.
need surgery later if the condition is not For the duration of the reshaping thet
After eight years working on a helmet corrected early enough. Positional head py, the baby wears the helmet for
to reshape babies' heads, physicians at deformities can also lead to face and jaw hours a day. This allows the head bon
the University had their design approved problems later in life if left uncorrected. to grow correctly. Of the patients fitt
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administra- As opposed to surgery the helmet is with helmets thus far, about 80 petce
tion. "easy to apply and a cost effective have completed the therapy.
The orig'nal helmet was a sin'1 op'n- mechanical treatment for positional head Alexandra Case is one of the m
ing helmet with limited capacity for deformity' said Pethambaran. recent patients to be fitted with a helm
gross h adJustmenit. Ammsaanath P' sham- The O&P Center sees about 300 "She's doing really well switla it, and
baran of the Ortrhotics & Prosthets Cn- habies a year and the nwumber is increas- really doesn't seem to bother her at al
te redesigned it after taking ov er the ing. At a cost of about $1,500 per helmet her mother, Cheryl Case, said in a writt
program in 1996. - and some patients require more than statement.
"The current helmet is an ergonomic, one - and a therapy duration of three to Natalie Cooper's mother Susan h
low profile, bivalve design, light six months, Peethanbaran says that par- positive things to say about her daughte
weight, self adjustable to accommodate ents "must know that their involvement helmet - and the team of doctors respo
the rapid growth of the skull. It is easy and dedication is extremely important for sible for Natalie's treatment program.
to apply and a cost-effective mechanical a successful outcome." "The team has been very helpful a
treatment for positional head deformi- In order to have their baby fitted for a very gentle with Natalie. I like the helm
ty," he said. helmet, parents must consult first with a a lot - it's very adorable. And it actua
S More babies are developing flat spots physician because the helmets can only helps her because when she falls dos
on their heads now than in the past be obtained with a prescription. Parents she doesn't feel it!" Susan Cooper said
because more are put to sleep on their are also advised to check with their insur- a written statement.


Courtesy othe L'rsitofMihganHeathS
aby models the newly-approved baby helmet designed to correct flattened

Netty crime sprees hit A2
uring summer months


Elizabeth Kassab
ily News Editor
The warm temperatures and long
ys have brought out something more
sky and potentially more dangerous
n mosquitoes.
Two Ann Arbor teens were arraigned
t week on unrelated charges for
ants that took place on campus.
Gilbert Bournes, a 17-year-old Ann
resident, was arraigned on two
uts of larceny from a motor vehicle
d one count of vehicle theft.
Bournes and a companion were first
proached by Department of Public
fety officers in the Diag Tuesday
ght after the Ann Arbor Police
:partment alerted other units to two
ssibly armed subjects, DPS spokes-
>man Diane Brown said. DPS offi-
-onfiscated a pellet gun; it was
17rdiscovered that the subjects were
ssibly involved in other incidents.
The larceny charges Bournes faces
an from two incidents of items being
ten from parked cars on campus.
Bournes apparently stole a Toyota

Corolla, resulting in a charge of vehicle
theft, a five-year felony. The larceny
charges both carry a possible sentence of
a five-year prison term or a $10,000 fine.
Bail was set at $150,000. A prelimi-
nary hearing was scheduled for July 25.
Adam Pierson, also 17, was
charged with breaking and entering, a
ten year felony, after he apparently
attempted to break into the Burton
Bell Tower with two juveniles,
allegedly to steal computer equip-
ment. Pierson was released on per-
sonal recognizance on the conditions
that he not have any contact with the
juveniles, Brown said.
Brown said petty crimes are on the
rise, but the trend is not surprising. "It
goes in waves," Brown said. "There's
an escalation but it seems to be little
groups of people doing things."
The warm weather means more peo-
ple stay out later. "That does tend to
correlate with a little bit of a rise in
crime," Brown said.
Brown added the open campus makes
it easy for people to travel between resi-
dential, mercantile and campus areas.

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