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Cleveland Clinic Ranks No 1 in Heart Care for 19th Consecutive Year in U S News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2014

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

July 16, 2013

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 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.

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

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

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

“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, MD, President and CEO, 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, MD, 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 regional 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 can be found at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available on newsstands Aug. 27. 



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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, 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, currently under construction, 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 Follow us at

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