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US News & World Report: IUSM, IU Health Home to 18 Nationally Ranked Clinical Programs

July 19, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the 14th consecutive year, Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health specialty programs have ranked among the nation’s top programs in U.S.News Media & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and featured in the August print issue of U.S.News available on newsstands August 30. IU Health hospitals are the only Indiana hospitals included in this year’s rankings.

IU School of Medicine and IU Health clinical programs nationally recognized and their numerical rankings are:

Only 720 of the 5,000 hospitals evaluated nationwide performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. 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.

Ranked specialties include cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; ophthalmology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology; rehabilitation; rheumatology; and urology.

“We are honored to again be listed among the top hospitals in the nation,” said Dan Evans, president and chief executive officer, IU Health. “I’m extremely proud of the hard work our physicians and staff perform on a daily basis to improve the health of our patients and community. It’s their dedication to quality patient care that puts us in the national spotlight and underscores our designation as a preeminent healthcare system.”

In June, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health ranked nationally in all ten designated specialties in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011-2012 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals:

  • Urology – 3rd
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 12th
  • Pulmonology – 12th
  • Nephrology – 23rd
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – 25th
  • Gastroenterology – 27th
  • Cancer – 28th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 28th
  • Neonatology – 30th
  • Orthopedics – 31st

“The exemplary quality of patient care provided by our physicians, nurses and other health providers is reflected in these rankings,” said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean, Indiana University School of Medicine, and vice president for University Clinical Affairs, Indiana University.  “This recognition is why patients continue to come to IU Health from every county in Indiana, every state in the U.S. and over 20 foreign countries. I am pleased we are receiving the recognition that patients and referring physicians have appreciated for some time.” 

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.”

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