Barnes-Jewish Earns Top Honors on the Hospital Honor Roll

Jul 17, 2012

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine are once again the top hospital in both the St. Louis area and the state of Missouri, according to U.S. News & World Report. “Consistently ranking on the Honor Roll is another example why we’re a national leader in medicine,” says Rich Liekweg, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president. “It speaks to the combination of innovation and medical expertise from our Washington University physician partners and the caring nurses and staff at Barnes-Jewish who work so hard to uphold the highest standards of patient care.”

A place on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll is reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties. Fewer than 150 of the almost 5,000 hospitals performed well enough to rank in even one of the 16 specialties such as cancer and urology. Barnes-Jewish was ranked in the top fifteen in 15 of the 16 possible specialties.

Only 140 of the almost 5,000 hospitals performed well enough to rank in merely one of 16 specialties. Barnes-Jewish was ranked in 15 of the 16 specialties. By individual specialty, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine rankings are:

SpecialtyRank
Cancer10
Cardiology & Heart Surgery13
Diabetes & Endocrinology15
Ear, Nose & Throat9
Gastroenterology13
Geriatrics14
Gynecology10
Nephrology8
Neurology & Neurosurgery9
Ophthalmology11
Orthopedics8
Psychiatry13
Pulmonology8
Rheumatology15
Urology9

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 changed its methodology emphasizing measures with a direct link to the quality of patient care compared to more subjective reputation scores. The change to reputation data, coupled with other methodology improvements made this year, contributed to some significant shifts in the ratings. Hospitals in four remaining specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology – are ranked solely based on their reputation among specialists.

Anesthesiology is not a specialty ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

 

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