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Monday, July 23, 2012
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
UMHS declines in
national rankings
UMHS Official: Honor Roll.
Hospitals make the Honor Roll
methodology by ranking highly in at least six
of the evaluated specialties. The
differences cause for report reviewed 16 specialties com-
d mon to American hospitals.
drop Factors reviewed inthe compila-
tion of the rankings include death
By KATIE BURKE rates, number of patients, size of{
Daily Staff Reporter staff and reputation, according to
the magazine's website.
The high quality of the Universi- This is the 18th consecutive year
ty's health care system continuesto UMHS has been featured on the
be recognized nationwide, though Honor Roll, and it's the only Michi-
not necessarily at the same level as gan hospital on the list. UMHS
past years. ranked in the top 20 in seven spe-
After spending three consecu- cialties and top 40 in another seven.
tive years as 14th on the U.S. News This year, the University's high-
and World Report America's Best est specialty rankings were in ear,
Hospitals Honor Roll, the Univer- nose and throat, ophthalmology
sity of Michigan Health System and urology, ranking 13th on all
dropped to the very bottom of the three lists.
list at 17th in this year's rankings. Thisyear's reportranked UMHS
UMHS ranked immediately as the top hospital in the state and
below Indiana University Health, the Detroit metro area.
based in Indianapolis. The Massa- Doug Strong, chief executive
chusetts General Hospital, in Bos- officer of the University's Hospitals
ton, topped the Honor Roll for this and Health Centers, said in astate-
year's report. ment that the University appreci-
The report, published last Mon- ates the evaluation it has received
day, ranks U.S. hospitals based on in the report.
evaluations of their specialty pro- "As the only hospital that serves
grams, and lists the top-scoring patients from every county in
hospitals in the country in the Michigan, and many other parts of

Monday, July 23, 2012
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the country and world, we're proud
to offer a high level of care and
expertise across many specialties,"
Strong said. "There are many ways
to measure a hospital's excellence,
and we are grateful to be recog-
nized in this ranking and others."
Strong commented on the drop
in rank, attributing the move from
14th to 17th to the methodology the
magazine used to compile the list.
"There were an awful lot more
changes this year compared to pre-
vious years," Strong said.
Strong said this year's rankings
focused less on hospital reputation
among physicians nationwide than
previous years.
"What differentiated, in the
past, one organization from anoth-
er, tended to be reputation," Strong
said. - "My understanding is that
it's less important under the new
methodology and other things are
more important."
Avery Comarow, rankings edi-
tor at US News and World Report,
wrote in a July 3 article that the
attention of the hospital standings
has shifted from reputation to sta-
"While reputation continues to
play an important role in the Best
Hospitals rankings, clinical data
such as patient outcomes and pro-
cesses of care have become cen-
tral," Comarow wrote.
Comarow added that some
information was not available
when the list was first compiled
in 1993, but the cooperation of the

federal government and healthcare
community in releasing hospital
data has allowed for more detailed
Statistics including mortal-
ity and nurse staffing, along with
other measures, now make up
more than 70 percent of hospitals'
scores in most of the 16 specialties,
according to Comarow
Comarow wrote that the new
methodology provides more con-
crete and quantifiable comparisons
among the nation's besthospitals.
"(The methodology is) an adjust-
ment that continues the shift
toward judging hospitals on infor-
mation that is measurable, direct
and verifiable," Comarow wrote,
but noted that a hospital's reputa-
tion still makes up 32.5 percent of
its ranking score.
Comarow's article mentioned
that the methodology caused sev-
eral hospitals, like UMHS, to move
drastically on the list.
"The change to reputation, cou-
pled with the other methodology
improvements made this year, con-
tributed to some significant shifts
in the upcoming rankings," Coma-
row wrote.
Strong said UMHS is taking the
evaluation as an opportunity to
improve upon the care it provides.
"Our minds and efforts are
focused on improving both qual-
ity and efficiency at the same time,
and we think that if we can keep at
that, we will do well in the complex
world of rankings," Strong said.

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From Page 10
Visually, "Rises" is the lightest
of Nolan's installments, adorned
with cinematographer Wally Pfis-
ter's ("Inception") glaring, clean
light. Tonally, it surpasses dark
and approaches cataclysmic. Never
before has a movie of this magni-
tude inflicted so much pain upon its
hero, and Bale delivers a haunting
performance as a decaying man and
ticking timebomb.
Moments of lightness are
brought by Hathaway's knockout
performance. She transforms -
almost unrecognizably so - into
the dual-natured Kyle, and plays off
Bale with conviction. "Rises" offers
the most detailed and poignant real-
life manifestation of the character,
and Hathaway manages to be sexy,
manipulative, tongue-in-cheek, all
while kicking ass in her razor-blade
heels that are anything but kitten.
Also new to the crew is cop-
turned-detective Blake (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt, "50/50"), whose
innocence offers a stark contrast to
the more morally gray of Gotham.
Marion Cotillard ("Public Ene-
mies") accomplishes impressive
depth with very little screentime
as Wayne Enterprises' wealthy and
mysterious board member Miranda

Like the wounded Wayne, the
film's familiar faces are hurting
more than ever. Alfred is disil-
lusioned with Batman's madcap
self-destruction, and Caine's more
emotional scenes are heartbreak-
ing. Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman,
"Invictus") continues to whip up
the Applied Sciences gizmos, but he
too is noticeably worn by the agony
seeping through Gotham's streets.
Gary Oldman ("Titiker Tailor Sol-
dier Spy") returns as Commissioner
Gordon, who is just as tormented
as the man in the mask, but lacks
the luxuries of an alternate"iden-
tity to protect the ones he loves (not
to mention a fortune and a secret
lair). He's a tangible hero, one that
Gotham truly deserves, and Old-
man once again churns out a heavy
With this trilogy and "Incep-
tion," Nolan has proven himself a
maestro of creating vivid worlds. In
"Rises," the universe is so visceral
- full of characters with very real,
political motives - that it's easy to
forget that this is still a comic book
tale. "Realistic" is different than
"believable," and while "Rises"
might notnecessarily be the former,
it has the latter on lock. Gotham
isn't just breathtakingly immersive
- it's a character as developed and

tumultuous as Batman.
Before "Rises," "Batman Begins"
and "The Dark Knight" worked
well as standalone pieces, as they
were rhythmically and thematical-
ly quite different. But now that we
have all of the pieces, it's clear that
this is one story being told in three
movements. "Begins" is steeped
in themes of family and fear and
gradually crescendos, giving way
for the raucous energy of"The Dark
Knight," Nolan's exploration of
anarchy. "Rises" is the final tragic
act, overridden with themes of jus-
tice and all-out war. No element
weaves the three parts together
better than Bale's evolving, endur-
ing performance, which brings
specificity and vitality to a role that
has been rehashed countless times.
Response to the film will
undoubtedly be divided. Clocking in
at nearly three hours and offeringa
mostly dire depiction of the human
condition, moviegoers looking for *
a fun flick are sure to find its emo-
tional weight taxing. But death and
destruction have long hovered over
this trilogy and itsuniverse, and the
weight of its monolithic conclusion
should come to no surprise.
Nolan insists his knight will not
rise again, but that's OK: The Bat-
man legend has reached its unsur-
passable peak.

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From Page 1A
we manage that, or it will turn out
to be a community billboard as
opposed to the investment we're
making, (which) is on behalf of our
fans and student athletes," he said.
The Athletic Department had
another request unanimously
approved by the Regents to appro-
priate $9 million from the Athletic
Department for a renovation and
addition to the museum portion of
Schembechler Hall, to be complet-
ed in the winter of 2014. The proj-
ect will add 7,000 square feet to the
building, renovating the existing
7,000 square feet.
The schematics for a $34-mil-
lion parking structure on Wall
Street, which were initially
approved a few months ago, were
approved unanimously by the
board as well.
The structure, which will have
725 parking spots, will be com-
pleted in 2014 and will be funded
by parking resources.
Timothy Slottow, the Univer-

sity's executive vice president and
chief financial officer, explained
that parking resources amount to
the capital fund generated from
the approximately 27,000 parking
spaces on campus, among other
forms of revenue.
Regent Katherine White (D-
Ann Arbor) said the Wall Street
parking structure - which has
been discussed for several years -
drew wide criticism from the com-
munity over its aesthetics when
first proposed in 2008.
"We had a lot of e-mails and
phone calls, and people were very
upset about us building a parking
structure down there," White said:
But she added that this time,
people have been much more posi-
"It sounds to me, from what I've
seen and heard, that a lot more
was taken into account to make
the parking structure a little more
amenable to people living there,"
White said.
The Institute of Social Research.
also sought to re-approve the bud-
get for renovations on budgets
from $23 million to $29 million.

Slottow said that $15 million of
the $29 million is coming from a
grant from an agency within the
National Institute of Health.
"The grant is a real feather in
ISR's cap because NIH does not
generally make grants for capital
renewal - usually (they're) for
research," he said.
Earlier in the meeting, the board
listened to a 10-minute presenta-
tion by George Alter, a University
professor and director of Inter-
university Consortium for Political
and Social Research, a subset of the
ISR. Alter gave a description of the
ISR, which researches a wide vari-
ety of topics ranging from politics
to druguse to consumer trends and
income dynamics, among several
Lastly, the regents approved
the schematics ' for a new
78,000-square-foot School , of
Nursing building.
"It's been in planning for over
a decade," Slottow said. "This .is
basically the result of 10 years
of planning and saving to do the
project. We're ready to actually
get it done."

The reports section of the meet-
ing was relatively brief and focused
on the research report.
During the research report, the
meeting temporarily took on the
air of a physics lecture when Ste-
phen Forrest, the University's vice
president for research, explained
the University's - involvement in
the discovery of the Higgs boson
particle at the European Organi-
zation for Nuclear Research, or
"(The University is) one of the
largest teams at CERN, and it
played a pivotal role in developing
the statistics that led to what's now
looking like the discovery of the
key particle," he said. "Michigan
played a very, very significant role
in this activity."
University President Mary Sue
Coleman took time in her remarks
to congratulate the University
Autonomy team - whose autono-
mous boat recently won a national
competition - and the University
Solar Car team, which currently
leads the American Solar Chal-
lenge in an endurance race across
the nation.


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