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IU Health Named to Esteemed National ‘Honor Roll’ of Best Hospitals

An IU Health North Hospital Release

INDIANAPOLIS – 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care 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  

In addition, IU Health North Hospital was ranked nationally in two clinical areas:

  • Ear, Nose and Throat—34th
  • Orthopedics—46th

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

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