Added on Jul 19, 2011 | Filed Under: General News

Seven Specialties Ranked Nationally by U.S. News & World Report

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center-West Bank Campus have been ranked nationally in seven specialty categories and high performing in five categories by U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings. This makes the 11th year in a row Ochsner Medical Center has been recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in America.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

Out of 4,825 facilities analyzed for the 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings, only 140 hospitals earned a ranking in any of the 16 specialties. Ochsner, by contrast, earned rankings in seven specialty categories. Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center and its West Bank Campus. Ochsner is: 

• Ranked #22 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
• Ranked #33 in Ear, Nose & Throat
• Ranked #27 in Gastroenterology
• Ranked #39 in Geriatrics
• Ranked #40 in Gynecology
• Ranked #38 in Orthopedics
• Ranked #30 in Pulmonology

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

“This sustained national recognition of the many superb programs at Ochsner is a tribute to the dedicated teams at Ochsner. They put our patients and families first and strive every day to improve,” said Dr. Patrick Quinlan, chief executive officer of Ochsner Health System. “We are honored to be named among the best hospitals in America.”

In addition, covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

Ochsner Medical Center is ranked the #1 hospital in the New Orleans metro area.  Ochsner is high-performing in the following five specialties:

• Cancer
• Diabetes & Endocrinology
• Nephrology
• Neurology & Neurosurgery
• Urology

"We are extremely proud of our physicians, nurses and all of our colleagues who contribute to the care provided to patients that results in national caliber outcomes,” said Warner Thomas, president and chief operating officer of Ochsner Health System. “It is our continuing mission to bring this high-level service to the residents of New Orleans and the Gulf region." 

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked. Published annually by U.S. News for the past 22 years, the rankings will be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook which will go on sale August 30.

For more information on the Best Hospitals national rankings or Best Hospitals by Metro Area, please visit:  http://www.usnews.com/besthospitals and please visit: http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area.  For the full methodology report, please visit http://www.rti.org/besthospitals.


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and over 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 15 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across seven specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 12,500 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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