Ohio State Wexner Medical Center among nation's best for 25th straight year

Posted August 10, 2017

The Cleveland Clinic for the second consecutive year scored the second place spot on the U.S. News & World Report, buoyed in part by its top rankings in urology and cardiology.

In its 28th annual Best Hospitals rankings, the publication compared more than 4,500 medical centers across the nation in 25 procedures, specialties and conditions.

Two local Mercy Health hospitals are ranked among the top in the state.

KU Hospital ranked first in the metro area and first in the state of Kansas, while St. Luke's ranked second in the metro and second in Missouri to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Despite the abundance of medical rankings, those submitted by U.S. News are known to carry a lot of weight, he said, because of how thorough and long-running they are.

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A year ago, Mayo tied for the distinction of top hospital in Florida with UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

"While we are proud of the programs that have been recognized, we are disappointed with the overall rankings of the Medical Center", U. of C. Medicine said.

This year, 152 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty.

While no other area hospitals were nationally ranked, they did show high performance in certain specialties. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital was number three and Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital was number four, marking only a slight switch-up from last year's list when Mass General was third and Johns Hopkins was fourth.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, a 761-bed facility that annually admits more than 35,000 patients for inpatient care, reports more than 14,000 employees, students and volunteers collaborate to "provide safe, quality health care".

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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center came in at 11th, up from 17th past year. Physicians are affiliated with the renowned Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the highest in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding per investigator.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28 year, are created to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

Chambersburg Hospital received high performance ratings for COPD and heart failure, but also received "below average" ratings for abdominal aortic aneurysm fix, hip replacement and lung cancer surgery.

By comparison, Medicare puts its patient-care emphasis on where the patient receives his or her primary treatment, and not where the patient was first admitted for care, as RTI and U.S. News determines.

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