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U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Hospitals rankings on Tuesday, July 17 2012. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.
"I applaud our medical staff and employees for their hard work in achieving this recognition," says Steve Newton, president, Baylor All Saints Medical Center. "Whether a hospital is ranked No. 7 or No. 1 in Dallas Fort Worth Metro Area, health care consumers are the ultimate beneficiaries because of quality medical expertise available here." Last year, Baylor All Saints was ranked No. 8 in the metro area. Baylor Health Care System has more "Best Hospitals" on the metro list than any other health care system in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Hospitals ranked in metro areas are "high-performing" hospitals – those that aren’t nationally ranked but perform nearly as well as their nationally ranked brethren in at least one specialty. Baylor All Saints was ranked as high performing in five specialties: gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.
Hospitals which performed well in two or more specialties received a state ranking, a new category this year within annual Best Hospital rankings. Baylor All Saints received a ranking of No. 17 in Texas.
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. "All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care," said Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases."
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
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