U.S. News & World Report has named
Emory Hospital one of America’s Best Hospitals in seven medical
specialties, including cardiology, where Emory is again included
in the Top 10 for the 13th time since the magazine’s rankings
began in 1990.
This year Emory’s program in heart and heart surgery finished
seventh (up from No. 8 last year) and was the only heart program
in Georgia included in the nation’s top 50.
Also included in this year’s rankings were Emory’s programs
in eye care (15), geriatrics (41), gynecology (39), kidney disease
(28), psychiatry (17) and urology (32). Each of those programs were
the only ones in Georgia listed in their specialty areas, as well.
“We are delighted that the Emory Heart Center has been acknowledged
once again as one of the most highly regarded cardiology centers
in the United States,” said center Director Douglas Morris.
“We believe the fact our U.S. News and World Report ranking
has risen a notch reflects the growing recognition among our medical
colleagues across the nation that Emory provides some of the very
best cardiology care available anywhere.”
“Emory’s consistent presence in the U.S. News
rankings underscores our commitment to the highest standards of
achievement in delivering the best medical care,” said John
Fox, president and chief executive officer of Emory Healthcare.
“Emory Hospital is singled out because of the nature of the
rankings structure, but these high rankings reflect the quality
of all the components of the healthcare system.”
This year’s rankings, within 17 specialty areas, included
203 top medical centers culled from an initial group of 6,003 hospitals
across the country. They represent hospitals that are members of
the Council of Teaching Hospitals, are affiliated with a medical
school, and/or have advanced medical technology.
According to the magazine, these medical centers excel because their
doctors perform large numbers of difficult and risky procedures;
they adhere more closely to advanced treatment guidelines; they
more frequently incorporate new findings into patient care; and
they conduct research that gives very ill patients additional treatment
“To be recognized again as one of America’s best hospitals—and
in so many specialties—is a credit and tribute to our physicians
and also our nurses, medical technologists and support staff across
the health care system,” said Michael Johns, chief executive
officer of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
Thirteen of the 17 specialty areas ranked by U.S. News
were assessed on a quality-of-care index that assigned equal weight
to reputation, patient mortality, and a mix of other factors including
ratio of nurses to beds and the presence of various technology services.
Eye care, psychiatry, rehabilitation and pediatrics are ranked solely
on their professional reputation, based on a survey of 150 randomly
selected, board-certified physicians asked to name the top five
programs in their specialty.