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Barnes-Jewish Hospital on U.S. News & World Report  National Honor Roll; No. 1 in St. Louis, No.1 in Missouri
Jen Nahlik
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Aug 2017

Barnes-Jewish Hospital on U.S. News & World Report National Honor Roll; No. 1 in St. Louis, No.1 in Missouri

Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Boone Hospital Center and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Rated Among Top Seven in Missouri

(ST. LOUIS – Aug. 8, 2017) – 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 Honor Roll ranking No. 12 in the country. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also again ranked No. 1 in both Missouri and the metro St. Louis area.

Barnes-Jewish is the highest rated of five BJC HealthCare hospitals ranked by U.S. News among the top hospitals in Missouri and their respective regions. Missouri Baptist Medical Center is ranked No. 2 in metro St. Louis and No. 3 in Missouri. Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., is ranked as the top hospital in mid-Missouri and No. 4 in the state. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital ranked No. 4 in the St. Louis region and No. 7 in the state. The adult hospital rankings were released Aug. 8, 2017. 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 CEO. “This honor 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 25th straight year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital earned honors as part of the newsmagazine’s “Honor Roll.” This year’s Honor Roll highlights 20 hospitals nationwide for their expertise in treating the most challenging patients across a range of medical specialties.                                    

“Just 152 hospitals, or about 3 percent of the more than 4,500 hospitals we evaluated, were nationally ranked in even one specialty,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The top 20 hospitals that were highlighted on this year’s Honor Roll have delivered outstanding care and offer deep expertise spanning multiple specialties.”

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:  

#7 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#8 Pulmonology
#9 Nephrology
#13 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#13 Orthopedics
#17 Geriatrics
#18 Gynecology
#18 Urology
#19 Cancer
#20 Gastroenterology &GI Surgery
#23 Ear, Nose & Throat
#30 Diabetes & Endocrinology

In the U.S. News Ratings for Procedures and Conditions, Missouri Baptist Medical Center was scored High Performing in all nine categories to earn the No. 3 rating in the state and No. 2 in metro St. Louis. Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., achieved High Performing ratings in eight of the nine categories to be recognized No. 4 in the state and No. 1 in mid-Missouri. Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital was rated High Performing in four categories to rank No. 7 in Missouri and No. 4 in metro St. Louis.

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 additional specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology – are ranked solely based on their reputation among specialists nationwide.

The U.S. News methodology for rating Procedures and Conditions for nearly every U.S. hospital includes assessment of hospital performance in nine common procedures and conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, 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, usnews.com/besthospitals, and will appear in print in the “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook, available later this month.

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