By Clive Riddle, January 30, 2015
Given that the contest between the Seattle Seahawks vs. the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX is a product of listing and ranking NFL teams (by wins and losses), perhaps some irrelevant insights into the outcome of that contest can be gleaned by comparing how the two cities rank in various healthcare lists.
Of course the immediate challenge is to assign a city to the Patriots. Foxboro- the site of their stadium? The entire New England region and all metro areas within? We’ll deflate their claim to a multi-state region, and go with just Boston.
Looking to healthsprocket, the site for healthcare lists, we find these eight lists posted during the past year, which include mention of Seattle or Boston. The result is basically a tie, based on mentions – unless you deflate the Patriot’s claim to Springfield and Worcester, in which case Seattle might prevail in a sqeaker.
There is a list claiming overall healthcare rankings – that puts Boston at #2 with Seattle whiffing:
- Washington, DC
- Portland, OR
- New York
- St. Louis
On the other hand, Boston makes the Most Expense Healthcare Cities list (#9), unlike Seattle:
- Sacramento, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Dallas, TX
- St. Louis, MO
- Kansas City, MO
- Charlotte, NC
- Denver, CO
- Miami, FL
- Boston, MA
- Portland, OR
Seattle makes this list of lowest cost bronze plans (at #18) in 2014 public exchanges, unlike Boston
- Los Angeles, CA - $140
- Denver, CO - $142
- Hartford, CT - $117
- Washington, DC - $124
- Indianapolis, IN - $157
- Baltimore, MD - $115
- Portland, ME - $146
- Billings, MT - $152
- Omaha, NE - $135
- Albuquerque, NM - $122
- New York City, NY - $111
- Cleveland, OH - $136
- Portland, OR - $130
- Providence, RI - $127
- Sioux Falls, SD - $173
- 16.Richmond, VA - $127
- 17.Burlington, VT - $116
- 18.Seattle, WA - $138
Seattle is also the place to be if you don’t like waiting for your doctor – ranked at #1, with Boston not mentioned
- Seattle, WA- 16 minutes, 15 seconds
- Milwaukee, WI- 16 minutes, 17 seconds
- Denver, CO- 16 minutes, 25 seconds
- Minneapolis, MN- 16 minutes, 42 seconds
- Portland, OR- 17 minutes, 05 seconds
- Omaha, NE- 17 minutes, 23 seconds
- Charlotte, NC- 17 minutes, 26 seconds
- Austin, TX- 17 minutes, 32 seconds
- San Diego, CA- 17 minutes, 43 seconds
- Raleigh, NC- 17 minutes, 48 seconds
Boston Children’s comes in #1 in this list of best Children’s hospitals, while Seattle is ignored:
- Boston Children’s Hospital/ Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (tied)
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
- Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
- Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
If you use the Patriot’s inflated claim to the larger region, Springfield and and Worcester come in at #1, and #14 respectively for best heart surgery hospitals, while Seattle has a hospital ranking #13, in the list:
- Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass.
- Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.
- Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland
- The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Plano, Texas
- Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center, Clackamas, Ore.
- Kaleida Health (Gates Vascular Institute at Buffalo General Medical Center), Buffalo, N.Y.
- Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Tyler, Texas
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, Mich.
- St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
- St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, Indianapolis
- Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, Calif.
- Spectrum Health - Grand Rapids (Meijer Heart Center), Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill Campus, Seattle
- UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Mass.
- Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.
Using an access benchmark, Boston ranks #5 while Seattle doesn’t make this list:
- Kansas City
- Denver (tie)
- Miami (tie)
And finally, perhaps in a bit of a stretch, Seattle placing an Executive in the this Most Influential list, while Boston is ignored:
- Richard Gilfillan- President and CEO, CHE Trinity Health, Livonia, Michigan
- John Noseworthy- President and CEO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
- Gary Kaplan- Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System, Seattle, Washington
- Margaret Hamburg- Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, Washington
- Ardis Dee Hoven- President, American Medical Association, Chicago, Illinois
- Patrick Conway- Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, CMO, CMS, Baltimore, Maryland
- John Kitzhaber- Governor of Oregon
- Glen Steele Jr.- President and CEO, Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania
- Jonathan Perlin- President, Clinical Services CMO, HCA, Nashville Chairman-elect, American Hospital Association, Nashville, Tennessee
- Toby Cosgrove- CEO, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio