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Jul 2013

BJC hospitals rate in national rankings

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine have once again been named to U.S.News & World Report’s annual list of “Best Hospitals.” BJH/WUSM earned the No. 1 ranking for both the St. Louis area and the state of Missouri. For the 21st straight year, BJH has earned a place on the newsmagazine’s Honor Roll. Of the almost 5,000 hospitals evaluated, 18 were named to the 2013 Honor Roll. BJH ranked No. 15 overall with top-20 rankings in 12 of 16 specialties.

Fewer than 150 of the almost 5,000 hospitals in the United States performed well enough to be ranked in even one of 16 specialties. By specialty, BJH and WUSM rankings are:

  • Pulmonology —  8
  • Nephrology —  12
  • Ophthalmology —  12
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery —  13
  • Ear, Nose and Throat —  14
  • Psychiatry —  14
  • Rheumatology —  14
  • Gynecology —  15
  • Urology —  15
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery —  17
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology —  19
  • Orthopedics —  19
  • Cancer —  21
  • Gastroenterology —  23
  • Geriatrics —  24

 “Only an elite few of the hospitals evaluated in the country can say they are on the Honor Roll,” says Rich Liekweg, BJH president. “We are truly proud of our Washington University physicians, our caring nurses and all the members of our Barnes-Jewish team for all they do to ensure patients from St. Louis and beyond have one of America’s best hospitals right here in our community. They are truly national leaders in medicine.”

The methodology U.S. News uses to rank 12 of 16 specialties is based on a mathematical model combining reputation, mortality rate, patient safety and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. This year, U.S. News made changes to the safety component of the methodology. Also this year, using a new version of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) programming tool allowed U.S. News to exclude patients who were admitted to the hospital with conditions that made them susceptible to injury. Excluding these patients gave a clearer picture of patients who truly had a condition caused during their hospitalization.

The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.

U.S. News regional rankings feature BJC hospitals

Several BJC hospitals made a strong showing in the U.S.News & World Report ranking of St. Louis metro-area hospitals. The metro rankings were introduced in 2011 and U.S. News used the rankings to create state listings for the first time in 2012.

The 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.

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.

“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.”

St. Louis Metro ‘Best Hospitals’
Barnes-Jewish/ Washington University  

  • No. 1 in St. Louis, No. 1 in Missouri
  • top-20 rankings in 12 of 16 national specialties

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

  • No. 3 in St. Louis, No. 4 in Missouri
  • 7 high-performing specialties — cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonology

 Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

  • No. 5 in St. Louis, No. 12 in Missouri 
  • high-performing in pulmonology

 Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

  • No. 5 in St. Louis, No. 12 in Missouri
  • high-performing in orthopedic services

St. Louis Children’s Hospital among best U.S. pediatric hospitals

The U.S.News & World Report list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals included St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University for the 11th consecutive year. The annual report evaluated hospitals in 10 specialty care areas. SLCH ranked in the top 10 in four of those specialties, qualifying it for the prestigious Honor Roll. Only 10 pediatric hospitals nationwide received such a distinction, and SLCH is the only pediatric hospital in Missouri to make the Honor Roll.

Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in one or more specialties. SLCH ranked in all 10: neurology and neurosurgery (No. 2), neonatology/newborn medicine (No. 3), orthopedics (No. 6), pulmonology (No. 8), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 14), cancer (No. 15), nephrology (No. 21), diabetes and endocrinology (No. 22), gastroenterology (No. 18) and urology (No. 22). The majority of the report is based on detailed quality information including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and more.

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings will also be published in the U.S.News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in August.