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Baptist Health hospitals take top spots for Kentucky in U.S. News & World Report ranking



Washington, D.C. – July 15, 2014 - Baptist Health hospitals earned the top two spots in Kentucky as the best hospitals for 2014-15 according to U.S. News & World Report -- #1 for Baptist Health Lexington and a tie for #2 for Baptist Health Louisville.

 

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.


“We are thrilled to have hospitals ranked #1 and #2 in Kentucky in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings,” said Baptist Health CEO Steve Hanson. “This national honor speaks to our strong tradition of excellent patient care.”

 

Baptist Health Lexington rose from #4 in last year’s ranking to claim the top spot for

2014-15. Baptist Health Louisville again tied for #2 – this time with last year’s top-rated hospital, St. Elizabeth Edgewood.

 

Baptist Health Lexington ranked in 10 medical specialties: diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics, pulmonary and urology.

 

Baptist Health Louisville ranked in nine medical specialties: diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; kidney disorders; orthopedics; pulmonary and urology.

 

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

 

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

 

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 extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

 

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 are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

 

About Baptist Health

Kentucky's Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System), headquartered in Louisville, owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond.  An eighth facility, ContinueCARE Hospital (formerly Oak Tree Hospital), is a long-term, acute-care hospital in Corbin. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs.

 

For 90 years, Baptist Health has stood for high-quality care, patient satisfaction and nursing excellence, owning two of the four adult Magnet-designated hospitals in Kentucky. Baptist has grown its physician network to more than 450 employed physicians and more than 1,600 independent physicians. In addition to hospitals, Baptist Health includes urgent care and retail-based clinics, home health care, outpatient diagnostic and surgery centers, occupational medicine and physical therapy clinics, fitness centers and a health maintenance organization (HMO).