News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Medicine , Winship Cancer Institute , Woodruff Health Sciences

Jul. 19,  2011

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Emory Among Nation's Best Hospitals for 2011

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ATLANTA - Emory University Hospital again joins the prestigious ranks of America's top medical institutions in the 22nd annual U.S. News & World Report guide to "America's Best Hospitals."  

The latest rankings showcase the select best hospitals out of more than 5,000 centers nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area. U.S. News 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 specialized cardiac procedures.  

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties, including death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.  For 2011, Emory is positioned among the nation's best hospitals in 10 specialties, including five top 20 rankings.  

“These annual rankings provide an opportunity for every physician, nurse and staff member who serves Emory Healthcare’s patients and their loved ones to pause and celebrate an accomplishment reserved for very few medical centers across the nation,” says John T. Fox, Emory Healthcare president and CEO.  “Today’s announcement also serves as a reinforced reminder of why we are in business – to provide the very best research and discovery-based medicine in a safe, patient and family-centered environment. I thank our valued patients for allowing us to serve them each day, and at the same time we celebrate this announcement, we also re-affirm our commitment to excellence in care and customer satisfaction.”      

This year’s Emory rankings include:  



2011 Rank







Heart/Heart Surgery



Kidney Disorders



Neurology / Neurosurgery















Ear, Nose and Throat



Emory was also rated as “high performing” in the following categories: 

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology

“On behalf of the faculty and staff at the Winship Cancer Institute, we are very proud of the significant rise in standings in the US News & World Report rankings,” says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship.  “This positive trajectory reflects their hard work and devotion to our patients’ care as well as our emphasis on collaboration with physicians throughout Georgia.  We remain focused on constant improvement in everything we do and look forward to continued progress.”     

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”  

This past March, Emory hospitals took top local honors in U.S. News & World Report’s first ever Metro Hospital Ranking with Emory University Hospital ranking first and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked fourth among all Atlanta metropolitan 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 ranked hospitals within all 52 U.S. metro areas with populations of 1 million or more, using existing data from 2010-11 Best Hospitals.     

This year’s "Best Hospitals" rankings are now online at: The print edition will appear at newsstands on Aug. 31. 


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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