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Heart Center Ranked No 1 In Nation for 15th Straight Year by U S News & World Report

7/16/2009

Cleveland Clinic Ranks As Nation’s 4th Best Hospital Overall, Placing 14 Specialties Ahead of All Ohio Hospitals; 12 Clinic Specialties Rated Among Nation’s Top 10

For the 15th year in a row, Cleveland Clinic’s cardiac care has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals.”

Cleveland Clinic placed among the nation’s best hospitals overall, ranking 4th in the country. Twelve Cleveland Clinic programs were listed among the Top 10 in the United States, including seven in the Top 5 and three – digestive disorders, urology, and rheumatology – among the Top 2.

The complete 2009 U.S. News rankings for Cleveland Clinic are:

   
Cancer 12
Diabetes/Endocrine Disorders 6
Digestive Disorders 2
Ear, Nose & Throat 9
Geriatric Care 10
Gynecology 6
Heart & Heart Surgery 1
Kidney Disorders 5
Neurology & Neurosurgery 6
Ophthalmology 11
Orthopedics 4
Rehabilitation 23
Respiratory Disorders 4
Rheumatology 2
Urology 2

Cleveland Clinic earned the highest ranking of any Ohio hospital in 14 categories. Overall, the hospital ranked in 15 of the 16 specialty categories listed by U.S. News, none lower than 23rd.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition that reflects the Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to its mission of clinical excellence, medical research, and education,” said Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “This acknowledgement is a result of highly dedicated medical staff and employees who are focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients.”

Since 1994, no hospital in the country has ranked higher than Cleveland Clinic in cardiac care.

“We are honored to have received a number one ranking in heart care for 15 consecutive years,” said Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman, Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. “This is the effort of more than 2,000 employees, who work tirelessly to help our patients through their dedication and knowledge, with a commitment to improvement every day.”

Cleveland Clinic’s cancer care moved up one slot this year to No. 12 in the country -- the best ranking of any cancer hospital in Ohio.

“We are honored to be recognized as the top cancer hospital in Ohio. It demonstrates our unique ability to provide cancer patients with the best possible outcomes, from the most complex to the most common cases,” said Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, chairman, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. “We’re proud of the decades of research, talented professionals, medical innovations, and supportive patient programs that have brought us to this point.”

Three additional Cleveland Clinic hospitals were ranked on the prestigious list this year:

More than 4,800 hospitals were assessed by U.S. News. Only 174 scored high enough to be ranked in even one category. Of those, just 21 -- including Cleveland Clinic -- qualified for the Honor Roll.

Rankings were based on reputation, death rate, patient safety and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services.

In June, U.S. News & World Report released the 2009 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital ranked higher in more specialties than any other children’s hospital in northeast Ohio, including a No. 4 national ranking in Neurology & Neurosurgery.

“America’s Best Hospitals” and “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” will be available at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and in the August edition of U.S. News, on newsstands July 21.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2008, there were 3.6 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic and 48,300 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries.

Media Contacts

Eileen Sheil, 216.444.8927, sheile@ccf.org
Heather Phillips, 216.445.4517, phillih@ccf.org