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Cleveland Clinic Ranks No 1 in Heart Nephrology Urology in emU S News & World Report em's Best Hospitals 2013

Hospital Ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 4 in the Nation; 14 Specialties Place Among Nation’s Top 10

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Cleveland Clinic’s heart, nephrology and urology programs are each ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2013.”

This year’s rankings mark the 18th consecutive year that Cleveland Clinic’s cardiology and heart surgery care has ranked as the best in the country. Overall, Cleveland Clinic is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and again placed among the nation’s best hospitals, ranking 4th in the country. In all, 14 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally.

Cancer: 6
Cardiology/Heart Surgery: 1
Diabetes/Endocrinology: 2
Ear, Nose & Throat: 2
Gastroenterology: 2
Geriatrics: 4
Gynecology: 3
Nephrology: 1
Neurology/Neurosurgery: 5
Ophthalmology: 9
Orthopedics: 3
Psychiatry: *
Pulmonology: 3
Rehabilitation: *
Rheumatology: 2
Urology: 1

“The U.S. News rankings are a tribute to the hard work of all of our employees and their continued dedication to the health and wellbeing of our patients,” said Toby M. Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “While the rankings are gratifying, we continue to focus on clinical excellence, quality care and our patients’ overall experience.”

Among Cleveland Clinic’s highly ranked programs, 12 placed in the Top 5 and seven – cardiology/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology; nephrology; rheumatology; and urology – placed among the Top 2.

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

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the 18th consecutive year as the best hospital for heart care,” said Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “We have hundreds of devoted caregivers who are focused every day on providing the best care possible for our patients who entrust us with their lives. The No. 1 ranking is a testament to their trust in us and the skills, expertise and dedication of our staff.”

Nephrology and urology, which are both housed within Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, joined cardiology and heart surgery at No. 1 this year.

“We are delighted and humbled by this recognition, which acknowledges the talent and dedication of the entire institute team at all levels in both urology and nephrology,” said Eric Klein, MD, chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “It’s a reflection of our dedicated teamwork focusing on excellence in patient care, as well as our commitment to expanding diagnostic and treatment options for our patients through innovation and research.”

Nearly 5,000 hospitals were assessed by U.S. News, with fewer than 150 scoring high enough to be ranked in even one category. Rankings are based on death rates, procedure volume, advanced technology, patient services, and the balance of nurses and patients, except in four specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology – in which hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

According to U.S. News, the Best Hospitals rankings are meant 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. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

This year’s “Best Hospitals” rankings will be available on Tuesday, July 17, at 12:01 a.m. ET at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and in the Best Hospitals 2013 print guide published by U.S. News, available on newsstands in August.

In addition to national rankings, U.S. News ranked hospitals by state and region too. Seven of Cleveland Clinic’s regional hospitals – Fairview (4), Hillcrest (5), South Pointe (6), Marymount (8), Lutheran (9), Euclid (10) and Lakewood (10) – ranked within the Top 10 of Cleveland-area hospitals.

Cleveland Clinic Florida received a national ranking in gastroenterology (48) and is ranked No. 3 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and No. 7 in the state.

In June, U.S. News released rankings for children’s hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital earned national rankings in all 10 specialties, including No. 3 in neurology & neurosurgery and No. 9 in gastroenterology.

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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. It 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. About 2,100 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2009, there were more than 4.6 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 170,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.