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U.S. News & World Report Names Missouri Baptist Among Best Hospitals in St. Louis

Missouri Baptist Medical Center has been ranked as one of St. Louis’ best hospitals for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report – with recognition as “high performing” in seven specialties:

Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

Geriatric

Gynecology

Nephrology

Orthopedics

Pulmonology

Missouri Baptist ranked No. 3 in the St. Louis metro area.  Its sister BJC hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, ranked No. 1.  Two other BJC hospitals, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Barnes-Jewish West County tied for No. 5 in the area.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.  U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.  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.  The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27. 

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