Bionic Reporter

Two decades

July 16th, 2014

In case you missed it, U.S. News & World Report is out with its latest rankings of hospitals, and for the 20th-stright year, the Cleveland Clinic was tops in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery.

The report ranks hospitals across the nation by specialty and provides an honor roll featuring the 17 Best Hospitals that scored near the top in at least six specialties. The Clinic was fourth in the nation overall and No. 1 in Ohio.

In a news release, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic CEO and president, said:

“This incredible recognition would not be possible without our devoted team of caregivers – 43,000 people who dedicate themselves to putting patients first every day,” says “While these rankings are rewarding, we will continue to work hard to provide the highest quality, most efficient healthcare possible."

Dr. Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, said:

“In the midst of the many great things that are happening in Cleveland right now, we are grateful to be recognized as America’s No. 1 heart hospital for the 20th consecutive year. This recognition is a testament to our hundreds of talented and committed doctors, nurses and other caregivers. It is an honor to be considered the best, but the true honor comes from the trust of our physician colleagues and patients, and that trust inspires and drives us to try to improve every day.”

Thirteen Cleveland Clinic specialties placed in the top 10 nationally, including nine in the top 3 nationwide. In addition to top honors in cardiology and heart surgery, the Clinic also topped the ranking in urology for a second time. It was previously No. 1 in 2012.

US News national rankings

The report also ranks hospitals by cities. Closer to home, the Queen's Medical Center was ranked No. 1 in Hawaii followed by Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center.

Queen's had 10 of it's specialities ranked "high performing" by the magazine, including: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. 

So the silver lining in all of this for me, is that while no one should ever have to go thorough two femur replacements and five heart surgeries in an eight-month period, if it had to happen anywhere, good thing it was in Cleveland!

The Cleveland Clinic has a feature about the rankings on its website.

One Response to “Two decades”

  1. Marilyn Lee:

    Thats where you were, and it worked. I am so happy for you!,Marilyn
    So glad you are back!

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