Cleveland Clinic Heart Center Ranked No 1 in Nation for 16th Year in a Row by U S News & World Report's 2010-11 Best Hospitals List

Cleveland Clinic Ranks as One of the Four Best Hospitals in America;
Cancer Care Earns a Place Among Nation’s Top 10


For the 16th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2010-11 Best Hospitals.”

Cleveland Clinic again placed among the nation’s best hospitals overall, ranking 4th in the country. For the first time, the hospital’s cancer program moved into the Top 10 with a No. 9 ranking, joining 13 other Cleveland Clinic specialties ranked in the Top 10.

The complete “2010-11 Best Hospitals” rankings for Cleveland Clinic are:

  • Cancer: 9
  • Diabetes/Endocrine Disorders: 6
  • Gastroenterology:  2
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  8
  • Geriatrics: 10
  • Gynecology:  4
  • Heart & Heart Surgery: 1
  • Kidney Disorders: 3
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery: 6
  • Ophthalmology: 10
  • Orthopedics: 4
  • Psychiatry: 22
  • Pulmonology: 3
  • Rheumatology: 2
  • Urology: 2

“We are proud of this acknowledgement, which reflects the high quality healthcare that Cleveland Clinic is committed to providing patients,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic. “It’s the result of the dedication of our medical staff and employees to our principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation.”

Among Cleveland Clinic’s highly ranked programs, eight placed in the Top 5 and four – heart, gastroenterology, urology, and rheumatology – placed among the Top 2. Cleveland Clinic earned the highest ranking of any Ohio hospital in 15 categories.

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

“It’s truly a great honor to be ranked No. 1 in the country for 16 straight years,” said Bruce Lytle, M.D., chairman, Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. “We are inspired every day by the trust and confidence that our patients place in us to deliver the best care possible and to offer patients with the most complex problems the best possible choices.”

Cleveland Clinic’s cancer care moved up three spots this year to No. 9 in the country, due in part to the recruitment of the top clinicians and researchers in the world, publishing clinical outcomes, and focusing on comprehensive patient support programs.

"It is an honor for the entire Taussig team to be recognized as one of the top 10 cancer centers in the nation, but more importantly, it is good news for patients in the region to have easy access to world-class care,” said Derek Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. “Along with our research reputation and publications on cancer advancements, these rankings are an important measure of the quality of our care."

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

  • Cleveland Clinic Florida: gastroenterology 17, diabetes and endocrinology 40.
  • Lutheran Hospital: neurology and neurosurgery 42.

Thousands of hospitals were assessed by U.S. News. Only 152 scored high enough to be ranked in even one category. Of those, just 14 - including Cleveland Clinic - qualified for the Honor Roll. Rankings are based on death rates, procedure volume, and the balance of nurses and patients, except in four specialties – ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology – in which hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

“2010-11 Best Hospitals” will be available on Thursday, July 15, at and in the August edition of U.S. News, on newsstands July 27.

Broadcast quality video of the Cleveland Clinic campus, heart surgery, Taussig Cancer Institute and cardiac rehab is available to media outlets at (User Name: dailyvosots; Password: dailyvosotsftp) The file – available in a standard quality MPEG2 format (265 MB) and a high quality Quicktime Movie .mov format (941 MB) – is labeled “CLEVELAND CLINIC 2010 B-ROLL.”

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 community 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

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