Cleveland Clinic Ranks No. 1 in Heart Care

For the 19th 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 2013 - 2014."

Overall, Cleveland Clinic is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Ohio and No. 4 in the U.S. In all, 14 Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the Top 10 nationally.

Specialty Areas U.S. Ranking Ohio Ranking
Cardiology & Heart Surgery 1 1
Diabetes & Endocrinology 2 1
Gastroenterology 2 1
Kidney Disorders 2 1
Rheumatology 2 1
Urology 2 1
Gynecology 3 1
Orthopaedics 3 1
Pulmonology 3 1
Ear, Nose & Throat 6 1
Neurology & Neurosurgery 6 1
Geriatrics 7 1
Ophthalmology 7 1
Cancer 9 1


"These rankings are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all of our caregivers. Their daily commitment to the health and wellbeing of our patients is inspiring,” said Toby M. Cosgrove, M.D., CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic. “The recognition is rewarding, but as healthcare continues to evolve, we must continue to focus on delivering high quality healthcare as efficiently as possible."

Among Cleveland Clinic’s highly ranked programs, nine placed in the Top 5 and six – heart/heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; gastroenterology/GI surgery; 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.

“We’re honored to be named the best hospital for heart care for the 19th straight year,” said Bruce Lytle, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “Behind the No. 1 ranking is a team of hundreds of committed caregivers who work collaboratively day in and day out to provide the best care and the most advanced treatment options to our patients every day. This award recognizes all of their talents and hard work and we are grateful to every one of them.”

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.

Nearly 5,000 hospitals were assessed by U.S. News, with fewer than 3 percent scoring high enough to be ranked in even one category. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

In addition to national rankings, U.S. News ranked hospitals by state and region. Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 1 in both Ohio and the Cleveland area. All eight of Cleveland Clinic’s community hospitals ranked within the Top 10 of Cleveland-area hospitals – South Pointe (4), Fairview (5), Hillcrest (5), Marymount (8), Euclid (9), Medina (9), Lutheran (9), and Lakewood (9).

Cleveland Clinic Florida is ranked No. 5 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area and No. 14 statewide.

In June, U.S. News released rankings for children’s hospitals. Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national rankings in seven specialties, including No. 8 in neurology & neurosurgery and No. 10 in gastroenterology. Cleveland Clinic Children’s also ranked nationally in cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; diabetes/endocrinology; pulmonology; and urology.

The U.S. News hospital rankings will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 - 2014 guidebook, available on newsstands August 27.

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