U.S.News names IU Health among nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’ for 19th consecutive year

Posted on Aug 1, 2016

U.S.News names IU Health among nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’ for 19th consecutive year Today, U.S.News & World Report released its 2016-2017 ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings and ‘Best Hospitals for Common Care’ ratings, naming Indiana University Health among the nation’s top hospitals for the 19th consecutive year. IU Health is the No. 1 ranked health system in Indiana and Indianapolis and has more nationally ranked clinical specialty programs than any other hospital in Indiana, according to the U.S.News rankings.

“IU Health is honored to once again be recognized as the state’s top destination for care,” said Dennis Murphy, president and chief executive officer of IU Health. “These rankings provide clear information for those seeking complex care. Our highly skilled team members are providing the top level of medical care to patients every day.”

This year, IU Health received high ratings in nine out of nine procedures and conditions included in the U.S.News 'Best Hospitals for Common Care' ratings. Hospitals were evaluated in seven common surgical procedures—heart bypass, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and colon cancer surgery—and two common chronic conditions—congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. 

For their 'Best Hospitals' rankings, U.S.News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Only three percent of the evaluated hospitals emerged with at least one nationally ranked clinical specialty program. IU Health stands among an elite group of only 38 hospitals—less than 1 percent of the 5,000 evaluated hospitals—to earn national rankings in eight or more clinical specialties.

For 2016-17, IU Health achieved national rankings in the following eight clinical specialty areas for adults (with respective ranking out of 50):

Cardiology & Heart Surgery—44th
Gastroenterology—25th
Geriatrics—23rd
Nephrology—16th  
Neurology & Neurosurgery—29th
Orthopedics—47th
Pulmonology—23rd
Urology—35th  

“Achieving these national accolades demonstrates our team’s strong commitment to delivering the best care possible to every patient we see,” said Jonathan Gottlieb, MD, executive vice president and chief medical executive of IU Health. “Patients, families and other healthcare professionals face many choices when deciding where to go for care or consultation. Respected rankings provide one potential source to help inform these important decisions.”

The U.S.News 'Best Hospitals' rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care for multiple specialties, procedures and conditions. Scoring for 'Best Hospitals' rankings is based on four components: outcomes, structure, process, and patient safety.

The full list of the U.S.News 'Best Hospitals' rankings is available at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals. This year’s rankings, produced by U.S. News with North Carolina-based research organization RTI International, will also be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the "Best Hospitals in America" by U.S. News & World Report for 19 consecutive years, Indiana University Health is dedicated to providing a unified standard of preeminent, patient-centered care. A unique partnership with Indiana University School of Medicine – one of the nation's leading medical schools – gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Learn more at www.iuhealth.org.

Media Contact: Gene Ford, gford2@iuhealth.org, 317.985.8731