An annual ranking of the nation's top hospitals includes high marks for some Indiana facilities. U.S. News & World Report examines 16 specialties and weighs performance in categories such as structure, process and outcomes. Hospitals in Indianapolis, Avon and Evansville placed in the top five in the state this year. The Top 10 hospitals in Indiana are:

1. IU Health Academic Health Center in Indianapolis (including 4 Nationally-Ranked Specialties and 7 High-Performing Specialties)

2. St. Vincent Hospital and Health Center in Indianapolis (including 2 Nationally-Ranked Specialties and 10 High-Performing Specialties)

3. Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis (including 7 High-Performing Specialties)

4. IU Health West Hospital in Avon (including 6 High-Performing Specialties)

4. St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville (including 6 High-Performing Specialties)

6. IU Health North Hospital in Carmel (including 5 High-Performing Specialties)

7. IU Health Bloomington Hospital (including 3 High-Performing Specialties)

8. Deaconess Hospital in Evansville (including 2 High-Performing Specialties)

9. Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne (including 1 High-Performing Specialty)

9. Franciscan St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville (including 1 High-Performing Specialty)

Source: U.S. News & World Report

July 15, 2014

News Release

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – St. Mary's Medical Center has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in a tie as the #4 hospital in Indiana, and St. Mary's is the highest ranking in Southern Indiana. This is the second year in a row for the ranking as 4th in state out of approximately 150 hospitals. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“This recognition is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our medical staff and associates,” says Keith Jewell, President of St. Mary's Health. “Being honored by U.S. News is a testament to their commitment to the delivery of the highest quality patient care and the best possible healthcare experience – the St. Mary's experience.”

In addition to overall health rankings, 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. St. Mary's was recognized as high performing in six of these specialties: diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, pulmonology, and urology. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“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.

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

Source: St. Mary's Medical Center

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