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U.S. News & World Report ranks Emory hospitals among best in country, state and metro area

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Janet Christenbury

For the fourth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Emory University Hospital the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2015-16 Best Hospitals guide. Emory University Hospital includes Emory University Hospital at Wesley Woods and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is ranked 5th in Georgia and 3rd in metro Atlanta. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranks 11th in Georgia in a two-way tie and 5th in metro Atlanta, also a two-way tie.

Nationally, Emory University Hospital ranked in 12 adult specialty areas:

  • Cancer - (#22 up from #24)
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery - (#15 up from #16)
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#18 up from #23)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (3-way tie) - (#45 from #24)
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (2-way tie) - (#40 up from #41)
  • Geriatrics - (#20 up from #21)
  • Gynecology - (#26 up from #42)
  • Nephrology - (#42 - #42 last year)
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (#12 up from #15)
  • Ophthalmology - (#12 up from #14)
  • Orthopaedics (2-way tie) - #31
  • Urology - (#22 up from #25)

Emory University Hospital also ranked high performing in pulmonology. Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked high performing in cancer.

"We are proud of our rankings throughout our system in this year's U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals issue," says Michael J. Mandl, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. "More importantly, we are proud of the people who deliver excellence, quality and safety in health care to our patients and their families every day."

U.S. News & World Report began publishing hospital rankings in 1990 to identify the best medical centers for the most difficult patients -- those whose illnesses pose unusual challenges because of underlying conditions, procedure difficulty or other medical issues that add risk. Medical centers are assessed in 16 different specialties for the rankings. For 12 of the 16 specialties, an extensive data-driven analysis combines measures of performance in three primary areas of health care: structure, process and outcomes. Rankings in the four remaining specialties are based on hospital reputation, determined by a physician survey.

To be ranked regionally, states must have at least two hospitals that are either nationally ranked in at least one specialty or considered high performing in at least four specialties. For metropolitan area rankings, metro areas must have a population of one million or more and meet the same standards as state rankings.

The specialty rankings and data are 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 2015-16 guidebook, available on newsstands on Sept.1.

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