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Barnes-Jewish Hospital Ranked on U.S. News & World Report National Honor Roll, First in State
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Aug 2016

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Ranked on U.S. News & World Report National Honor Roll, First in State

(ST. LOUIS – Aug. 2, 2016) – Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine are once again listed among the nation’s elite medical centers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Hospitals,” ranking No. 11 in the country. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also again ranked No. 1 in both Missouri and the metro St. Louis area.

Two more BJC hospitals were ranked by U.S. News as among the top hospitals in Missouri and their respective regions. Missouri Baptist Medical Center is ranked No. 2 in metro St. Louis and No. 4 in Missouri. Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., is ranked as a top hospital in the Central Missouri region and No. 3 in the state. The adult hospital rankings were released Aug. 2, 2016. In pediatric rankings announced in June, BJC’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital was rated among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the country in all 10 ranked pediatric specialties.

“We take pride in seeing BJC hospitals earn distinction each year as leading hospitals in the country, the state and our local communities,” says Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO. “This high recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our doctors, our nurses and all our staff in taking extraordinary care of patients in a time of need.”

For the 24th straight year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital earned honors as part of the newsmagazine’s “Honor Roll.” This year’s Honor Roll highlights 20 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging patients across a range of medical specialties.

“Only 153 hospitals – about three percent of the nearly 5,000 we evaluated – were nationally ranked in even one specialty,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Even fewer excelled across numerous areas of care, as each of the Honor Roll hospitals did.”

Barnes-Jewish Hospital was ranked nationally in all 12 data-driven specialties and received the highest rating possible – High Performing – in all nine categories of the U.S. News Ratings for Procedures and Conditions.

The following Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine clinical specialties ranked among the top 50 nationwide:

#8 Nephrology
#10 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#10 Pulmonology
#13 Orthopedics
#14 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#14 Urology
#15 Cancer
#15 Ear, Nose & Throat
#18 Geriatrics
#20 Gynecology
#29 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#29 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

In the U.S. News Ratings for Procedures and Conditions, Boone Hospital Center was scored High Performing in all nine categories to earn the No. 3 rating in the state. Missouri Baptist Medical Center achieved High Performing ratings in eight of the nine categories to be recognized No. 4 in the state and No. 2 in St. Louis.

For the Honor Roll methodology, U.S. News ranks 12 specialties based on a mathematical model combining reputation, mortality rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. Four remaining specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology – are ranked solely based on their reputation among specialists nationwide.

The U.S. News Ratings for Procedures and Conditions methodology evaluates nearly every U.S. hospital on how well each performs in a set of common procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic valve surgery, congestive heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Hospitals are rated as High Performing, Average or Below Average for each procedure or condition, and there is no overall assessment across the group. The analysis includes a mix of risk-adjusted data on mortality, readmission and other outcomes, the occurrence of common types of health care-acquired infections, federally mandated patient satisfaction surveys and selected hospital survey measures.

The rankings have been published on the U.S. News website and will appear in print in the “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available later this month.

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