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U.S. News & World Report ranks Emory Hospitals among best in Georgia and Atlanta

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Janet Christenbury

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital (EUH) the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2014-2015 Best Hospitals guide for a third year in a row. Emory University Hospital includes Emory Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.

Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) is ranked 4th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital ranks 11th in Georgia and 7th in metro Atlanta in this year's guide.

Nationally, Emory University Hospital ranked in 11 adult specialty areas:

  • Cancer (#24 up from 44)
  • Cardiology and heart surgery (#16 up from 44)
  • Diabetes and endocrinology #23
  • Ear, nose and throat #24
  • Geriatrics #21
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery #41
  • Gynecology #42
  • Nephrology #42
  • Neurology and neurosurgery (#15 up from 40)
  • Ophthalmology (#14 up from 16)
  • Urology #25

Emory University Hospital Midtown is noted as high performing in 11 specialty areas, including: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopaedics; and urology.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is ranked #7 in the Atlanta Metro area and #11 in the State of Georgia and is listed as high performing in ear, nose and throat and in orthopaedics.   

“We are thrilled with this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking, especially with so many categories moving up significantly,” says John Fox, president and chief executive officer for Emory Healthcare. “This clearly reflects the dedication to exceptional patient care that is displayed every day by our faculty, nurses and staff members.”

To be ranked, metro areas must have at least one million residents and must have at least two hospitals in that area that are either nationally ranked in at least one specialty or considered high performing in at least four specialties.

State rankings follow the same methodology with two or more nationally ranked specialties or being named high performing for inclusion. Just 19 hospitals ranked this year out of 181 in the state of Georgia.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Three weighted factors are used to rank hospitals, including hospital structure, reputation and outcomes. 

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014-15 guidebook, available on newsstands on August 27.

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