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Apr. 1,  2011

Emory Hospitals Take Top Spots in First U.S. News & World Report Metro Hospitals Ranking

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ATLANTA – Emory University Hospital ranked first and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked fourth among all Atlanta metropolitan hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's first Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals.  

The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties - including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as being among the best in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranked hospitals within all 52 U.S. metro areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from 2010-11 Best Hospitals.

The new metro area rankings are relevant to a much wider range of healthcare consumers. They are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital. Patients and their families will have a far better chance of finding a U.S. News & World Report - ranked hospital in their health insurance network and might not have to travel to get care at a high-performing hospital.  

Top-ranked Emory University Hospital, however, is already an annual mainstay within the U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to America’s Best Hospitals, ranking among the top medical centers across the entire country, and this past year boasting 11 ranked specialties.  

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Emory University Hospital Midtown

“When our physicians, nursing staff and employees at Emory Healthcare come to work each day, it is with the expectation of being the best in the business in terms of providing the safest, most compassionate and cutting-edge care, with the highest outcomes and unrivaled patient satisfaction scores. And peer-based recognition such as this certainly demonstrates our collaborative approach to providing care,” says Emory Healthcare President and CEO John Fox. “It is this drive and determination to make good on our promises to the metro Atlanta community – and ourselves - that positions us to attain such noteworthy accolades.” 

U.S. News & World Report created ‘Best Hospitals’ more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures.  

The new rankings add 490 of these high-performing hospitals to the 132 nationally ranked Best Hospitals in the metro areas. The metro area rankings will be updated in July at the same time the 2011-12 national Best Hospitals rankings are posted online. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.  

“All of these hospitals provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures,” says Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area.”

Originally published on March 30, 2011

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