BJC Hospitals Earn Top Recognition from U.S.News & World Report

If you’re looking for top medical care in Missouri, BJC hospitals are the place to go. Three BJC hospitals appeared in the top four spots in Missouri, based on the latest “Best Hospitals” rankings by U.S.News & World Report.

The local, state and national rankings, determined by analyzing a wide spectrum of data, illustrate the level of expertise and quality care available to patients throughout BJC.

"Seeing three BJC hospitals among the top four in Missouri can be a point of pride for all BJC employees," says Steve Lipstein, BJC HealthCare president and CEO. "Every day, we come to work to help make medicine better. No matter what our particular job description is, we all play our part in providing or supporting delivery of the best possible care to our patients and for our communities. We can take pride in earning recognition of those efforts from outside organizations such as U.S. News & World Report."

For the 22nd year in a row, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was listed on the U.S.News Honor Roll, ranking among the nation’s elite hospitals, as well as the top hospital in Missouri and in the St. Louis region. The hospital was ranked nationally in 13 specialties and rated as high performing in another.

Boone Hospital Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital also were recognized at the regional level based on high-performing specialties. Missouri Baptist Medical Center rated No. 2 in St. Louis and No. 3 in Missouri; Boone Hospital Center tied for No. 4 in the state; and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital was No. 6 in St. Louis and tied for No. 12 in the state.

The metro rankings recognize hospitals in local regions that show high performance in key specialties. To be ranked in its regional area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent of its peers in at least one of 16 specialties. U.S. News looked at hospitals in metropolitan areas with populations of at least 1 million people.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S.News health rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

Scores are based on several categories: reputation, based on physician surveys by specialty; mortality adjusted for severity of illness; patient safety index; and a combination of other quality factors including technology and nurse staffing.