Ranked: Kentucky's Top Hospitals
Baptist Health hospitals earned the top two spots in Kentucky as the best hospitals for 2014-15 according to U.S. News & World Report — No. 1 for Baptist Health Lexington and a tie for No. 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.
Baptist Health Lexington rose from No. 4 in last year’s ranking to claim the top spot for 2014-15. Baptist Health Louisville again tied for No. 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.
“We are thrilled to have hospitals ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Kentucky in theU.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.”
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 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 available here and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.
From Baptist Health via KY Forward
Photo: St. Elizabeth in Edgewood via the hospital's Facebook page