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U.S. News ranks OHSU among best in nation, no. 1 in Portland-Metro area

Nine of OHSU’s adult specialties also recognized by U.S. News as ‘high-performing’

U.S. News & World Report today released its Best Hospitals 2011-12 rankings and Oregon Health & Science University’s Ear Nose & Throat specialty ranks among the top 50 in the nation, rising from 34th to 23rd. U.S. News also now evaluates hospitals by region, and OHSU ranks No. 1 in the Portland-metro area, including Hillsboro, Beaverton and Vancouver, Wash.

U.S. News Ranks OHSU Among Best in NationThe regional hospital rankings, first announced in March, are posted online with today’s new national rankings; both will be in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2011-12 print edition Aug. 30.

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2011-12 includes 720 hospitals out of approximately 5,000 hospitals 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.

OHSU is one of just 140 hospitals, out about 5,000 nationwide, that ranked in even one of the 16 U.S. News specialties, and it is the only hospital in Oregon to be nationally ranked.

U.S. News also recognizes OHSU as “high-performing” nationally in nine other adult specialties, including cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; orthopaedics; and urology.

In June U.S. News announced its Best Children’s Hospitals line-up and OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s top 50 in eight pediatric specialties, including cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; and urology.

“These rankings are further testament to the outstanding health care our dedicated and talented physicians, nurses and staff work so hard to provide each day. I am very proud of our team,” said Peter Rapp, OHSU executive vice president and executive director of OHSU Healthcare.

Rankings are based on a score that considers death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. A national survey in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases also was factored in.

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