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The Christ Hospital Named among “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report

The Christ Hospital has placed two patient care programs among the nation’s best in the U.S. News & World Report 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The Christ Hospital is nationally ranked for Cardiology and Heart Surgery (50) and Pulmonology (42). The report also ranks The Christ Hospital as the number one hospital in the Cincinnati metro area, with high performing programs in cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics; and urology.

“Our 12th consecutive ranking as one of the nation’s best hospitals is a reflection of the true passion our physicians, nurses and all employees have for delivering outstanding healthcare to our patients and their families,” said Susan Croushore, President and CEO of The Christ Hospital. “When the hospital tower in Mt. Auburn was dedicated 80 years ago, the leaders noted how it would offer assurance that underneath, compassionate hands and hearts stood ready to care for loved ones and fight the ravages of disease and death. They probably didn’t envision that our tower would one day cover nearly 100 locations throughout the region, but that commitment to quality, compassionate care has never waivered.”

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals, identified as high performers, that demonstrate solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

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