July 23, 2001
Hospital ranks in U.S. News list
By Holly Korshun
U.S. News & World Report has named Emory Hospital one of Americas
best hospitals in five medical specialties: cardiology (ninth), ophthalmology
(ninth), kidney disease (18th), gynecology (40th) and urology (41st).
The ninth-ranked cardiology program has been recognized as one of the
top 10 U.S. programs since the magazine began ranking hospitals in 1990;
the eye program has made the top 10 for the past three years. Emory was
the only Georgia hospital this year to be ranked in the top 10 in either
We are pleased that U.S. News and World Report has chosen
to recognize the excellence of our programs, said John Henry, chief
executive officer for Emory Hospitals. This underscores our significant
achievements in these programs and reinforces the recognition we continuously
receive in these critical areas of health care.
Our consistently high placement in the cardiology rankings is a
testament to the diverse strengths of our health care team, said
Douglas Morris, director of the Emory Heart Center. We are proud
to be recognized as a national leader in this specialty and pleased to
be able to offer our expertise to the Atlanta community.
Emory Eye Center Director Thomas Aaberg said, We are gratified
that our program continues to receive high recognition by our ophthalmology
peers throughout the nation as a leader in the treatment of patients in
basic eye care, as well as an innovator in developing important new therapies.
The magazine ranks the top 50 hospitals in 17 specialties and gives data on 168 facilities to consumers who seek the best in diagnosis, treatment and management of difficult medical problems.
In 13 of the 17 specialties, hospitals were evaluated using a model that
combines reputation among specialists with death rates and a collection
of other measures related to patient care, such as nursing and technology.
The remaining four specialties, including ophthalmology, are ranked solely
by reputation because mortality data are unavailable or are unrelated
As we continue to strive for excellence in all areas of health
care, said Michael Johns, executive vice president for health affairs,
we believe these rankings are an affirmation of our success in a
number of critical programs. Using this information, we will continue
to appraise our strengths as we persevere in improving and expanding the
care we give our patients.