Barnes-Jewish ranked best in Missouri, No. 15 nationally

8:27 AM, Jul 16, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A St. Louis hospital ranked among the nation's elite medical facilities for the 21st straight year.

According to U.S. News & World Report, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine have once again been listed in the newsmagazine's annual list of "Best Hospitals."

Barnes-Jewish ranked No. 1 in both the St. Louis metro area and the state of Missouri, as well as No. 15 nationally. Overall, Barnes-Jewish is one of only 18 hospitals out of the nearly 5,000 evaluated by the newsmagazine to earn a spot on the "Honor Roll."

Additionally, U.S. News said Barnes-Jewish performed well enough to rank in 15 individual specialties, including:

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

Fewer than 150 of the almost 5,000 hospitals examined by U.S. News placed in just one of 16 specialties.

U.S. News said it ranks 12 of 16 specialties by using a mathematical model combining reputation, mortality rate, patient safety, and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. The four remaining specialties - ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology - are ranked solely on their reputation among specialists.

As part of the report, a U.S. News poll said 77 percent of Barnes-Jewish patients would "Definitely" recommend the hospital to friends and family and 69 percent rated the hospital overall "Highest or very high."

Mercy Hospital St. Louis was ranked the second best hospital in the St. Louis metropolitan area and in the state. Missouri Baptist Medical Center finished tied for fourth in state, and St. Luke's in Chesterfield tied for eighth in state.

The U.S. News rankings have been published on the newsmagazine's website and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available August 27.

NewsChannel 5 intern Michael Rich contributed to this report.


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