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IU Health Named to Esteemed National ‘Honor Roll’ of Best Hospitals for Second Consecutive Year

| IndianapolisJuly 16, 2013 – Today, U.S.News & World Report released its 24th annual Best Hospitals rankings, placing Indiana University Health on the exclusive 2013-2014 “Honor Roll” for the second consecutive year. IU Health was the only Indiana healthcare system to earn that distinction, reserved for the top 1 percent of medical centers across the country that demonstrate an unparalleled depth and breadth of clinical excellence and care to address the most challenging medical cases.

This year’s Honor Roll recognizes 18 hospitals out of approximately 5,000 that were reviewed for objective measures such as patient survival, safety and service, as well as reputation among medical peers. IU Health ranks No. 16 and 11 of its clinical programs—including cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery and orthopedics—are named among the nation’s elite. IU Health is honored alongside fellow medical institutions including Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic and UCLA Medical Center.

“We have nearly 35,000 team members who strive every day to provide safe, high-quality care and service to every patient,” said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and chief executive officer, IU Health. “We are honored and humbled to be held in such high esteem by our national medical peers, but this distinction is especially meaningful because it provides assurance to our patients and their families that Indiana University Health is the right place to receive healthcare.”

The decision of where to go for high-stakes healthcare can be confusing in a world saturated with advertisements and competing claims over which hospitals are the best. U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help quiet that confusion.  

“Patients facing a particularly difficult surgery, challenging condition or added risk due to other health problems can truly benefit from rankings such as these, which take into account everything from clinical expertise in complex cases to successful outcomes,” said Dr. John Kohne, IU Health chief medical officer.  

"As a leading healthcare system, we appreciate these rankings because they influence our ability to recruit the most skilled physicians, employ the best team members, pioneer cutting-edge research and provide the latest and most innovative treatments – all in our mission to care for the people of Indiana and beyond."

IU Health ranked among the best in the nation in the following 11 clinical areas:

• Gastroenterology—11th 
• Pulmonology—12th 
• Urology—13th
• Neurology & Neurosurgery—15th
• Diabetes & Endocrinology—16th
• Geriatrics—16th
• Nephrology—20th 
• Cardiology & Heart Surgery—30th
• Cancer—32nd 
• Orthopedics—38th 
• Ear, Nose and Throat—43rd

 
IU Health’s Gynecology program was also listed as “High Performing.”

Five IU Health partner hospitals from across the state are recognized for high performance in the following areas: 

IU Health Arnett Hospital: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital: Urology
IU Health Bloomington Hospital: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Urology
IU Health North Hospital: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Urology
IU Health West Hospital: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology, Urology

To generate their rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through hard data on almost 5,000 hospitals. The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

About Indiana University Health
Named among the “Best Hospitals in America” by U.S. News & World Report for 16 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. Discover the strength at iuhealth.org.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com, and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S. News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use® brand of journalism and its annual "Best" series of consumer web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans and more.

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