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Posted: 7/15/2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Medical Center’s heart program jumped 17 places – from 37 to 20 – to earn a spot as one of the nation’s best in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, contained in the magazine’s “America’s Best Hospitals” edition, are based on several criteria including patient safety and mortality.

In addition, 10 other Ohio State medical specialties are recognized for excellence in the magazine, deemed one of the country’s leading consumer guides to top-performing hospitals. OSU Medical Center is the only central Ohio hospital listed in the rankings, which will be published in the magazine’s July 27 issue.

The magazine also recognized Ohio State programs in cancer, diabetes & endocrinology, gynecology, kidney disorders, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, rehabilitation, urology, and ear, nose and throat as being among the best in the country.

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of OSU Medical Center, said being ranked in the magazine’s annual survey is gratifying and a credit to the hard work of the faculty and staff.

“While we have a strong research mission and access to the best medical technology, the rankings best typify the quality of care our patients receive by a very dedicated staff,” said Gabbe. “I’m certainly pleased with being named one of the country’s best hospitals, and I’m extremely proud of the people who work around the clock to help us earn that recognition.”

Earlier this year, Ohio State’s Department of Pediatrics, housed at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was ranked 19th by U.S. News & World Report among the top pediatric programs at medical schools in the United States.

For nearly two decades, U.S. News & World Report has consistently named OSU Medical Center as one of the nation’s best hospitals.

The “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, considered by many consumers and health care industry analysts as a leading indicator of quality care and performance, is compiled using data collected annually from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals.

Hospitals selected for the magazine’s rankings are institutions of varying sizes around the country. Measurements such as mortality data, staffing levels, reputation and technology are used to compile the final lists.

In addition to the print edition, rankings contained in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue are posted online at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

The Ohio State University’s academic medical center includes the College of Medicine, OSU Physicians and the OSU Health System, comprising University Hospital, James Cancer Hospital, University Hospital East, OSU Harding, Ross Heart Hospital and a network of community care sites.

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David Crawford
Medical Center Communications
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crawford.1@osu.edu