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Cleveland Clinic Ranks No 1 In Heart Care For 20th Consecutive Year

Hospital Ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 4 in the Nation; 13 Specialties Place Among Nation’s Top 10

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

For the 20th year in a row, Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital in the country for cardiology and heart surgery, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2014-15,” while Cleveland Clinic’s urology program captured the No. 1 ranking for the second time in three years.

Overall, Cleveland Clinic is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and No. 4 in the U.S. In all, 13 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally, including nine in the Top 3 nationwide.

The complete “Best Hospitals 2014-15” rankings for Cleveland Clinic are:

Cancer 13
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 1
Diabetes & Endocrinology 2
Ear, Nose & Throat: 6
Gastroenterology/GI Surgery 2
Geriatrics 9
Gynecology 3
Nephrology 2
Neurology/Neurosurgery 6
Ophthalmology 7
Orthopedics 3
Pulmonology: 3
Rehabilitation *
Rheumatology: 2
Urology: 1

*Cleveland Clinic is “high-performing” in rehabilitation.

“This incredible recognition would not be possible without our devoted team of caregivers – 43,000 people who dedicate themselves to putting patients first every day,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Cleveland Clinic President and CEO. “While these rankings are rewarding, we will continue to work hard to provide the highest quality, most efficient healthcare possible.”

Since 1995, no hospital has ranked higher in heart care than Cleveland Clinic.

“In the midst of the many great things that are happening in Cleveland right now, we are grateful to be recognized as America’s No. 1 heart hospital for the 20th consecutive year,” said Bruce Lytle, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “This recognition is a testament to our hundreds of talented and committed doctors, nurses and other caregivers. It is an honor to be considered the best but the true honor comes from the trust of our physician colleagues and patients – and that trust inspires and drives us to try to improve every day.”

Cleveland Clinic’s urology program has been ranked among the Top 2 in the country for 15 straight years, claiming the No. 1 spot in 2012 and again in 2014.

“We are grateful to be recognized as the leading department for urology care,” said Eric Klein, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. ““This is truly a testament to our dedicated caregivers and a reflection of our collaboration to provide the best patient care through innovation and research.”

Cleveland Clinic is one of just 17 hospitals nationwide to earn a place on U.S. News’ 2014-15 Honor Roll, marking the 15th time in that past 16 years that it has ranked among the Top 4 hospitals nationally.

Additional details from the Best Hospitals rankings include:

According to U.S. News, the annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed earned national ranking in even one specialty. In most specialties, the rankings are based largely on objective measures, such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data.

The rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, scheduled to begin seeing patients in 2015, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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