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Jul 2019

U.S. News & World Report Names Barnes-Jewish Hospital among Best in 10 Specialties, No. 1 in Missouri, No. 1 in St. Louis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine once again have been named among America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish ranked nationally in 10 of 15 specialties, and No. 1 in both Missouri and the metro St. Louis area.

U.S. News ranked additional BJC hospitals among the top hospitals in Missouri and their respective regions. Missouri Baptist Medical Center is ranked No. 3 in Missouri and No. 2 in metro St. Louis. Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo., tied for No. 5 in the state. 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. 

More than 4,500 adult hospitals were evaluated by U.S. News and Barnes-Jewish remains among the top 1 percent in the country. Of all the hospitals evaluated, just 165 hospitals were ranked nationally in at least one specialty and Barnes-Jewish is the only hospital in the St. Louis area to achieve a national ranking.

“People across the region can take comfort knowing that should they need us, our skilled and passionate physicians, nurses and hospital team members are here to provide the very highest level of care,” says Robert Cannon, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare.

In the U.S. News Ratings for Procedures and Conditions, Barnes-Jewish Hospital received the highest rating possible – High Performing – in all nine categories. Missouri Baptist Medical Center achieved High Performing in eight categories, and Boone Hospital Center earned High Performing in six categories.

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,, and will appear in print in the “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook, available later this month.

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