Wednesday, July 22, 2009

OSU Medical Center Named to Magazine's 'Honor Roll'

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Medical Center leads the region with 10 specialties named as among the best in America in the latest U.S. News & World Report magazine.

OSU Medical Center is among only 21 hospitals in the country named to the magazine’s elite Honor Roll, which demonstrates a hospital’s excellence in at least six specialties.

This is the 17th consecutive year the magazine has named OSU Medical Center one of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

In this year’s rankings, which appear today at and in the magazine’s July 21 print issue, Ohio State’s Ross Heart Hospital is recognized as a leader in heart care, ranking 37 out of 4,861 hospitals from around the country. In addition, the James Cancer Hospital jumped one place to 18th in the nation for cancer treatment.

Other Ohio State specialties included on the list are ear, nose & throat, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology, kidney disease, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, rehabilitation and urology.

The continual presence of Ohio State in the magazine’s annual survey and this year’s inclusion on the prestigious Honor Roll is a direct reflection of faculty, staff and university teamwork, according to Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of OSU Medical Center.

“Our success is guided by many, many people who each day make the Medical Center a special place for our patients,” said Gabbe.

In addition, last month Nationwide Children’s Hospital was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best pediatric hospitals. Children’s Hospital serves as home to the department of pediatrics for Ohio State’s College of Medicine, with many of Children’s medical staff and physician scientists holding faculty positions at the university.

Earlier this year, Ohio State’s College of Medicine ranked 27th in Research among America’s 125 accredited medical schools in the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

The “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, considered by many consumers and health care industry analysts as a leading indicator of quality care and performance, is compiled using data collected annually from nearly 5,000 U.S. hospitals. This year, only 174 scored high enough in measures of quality such as mortality and patient volume to be ranked in any specialty.

Hospitals selected for the magazine’s rankings are institutions of varying sizes around the country. Measurements such as staffing levels, reputation and technology also are used to compile the final lists.


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