World Report’s 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" Released
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6 Kentucky Hospitals Ranked in “Best Hospitals” Report

U.S. News and World Report’s recently-released 2018-2019 “Best Hospitals” annual report ranks 3 Louisville hospitals as “high performing”, while the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center was named best in the Commonwealth with 4 specialties ranked in the top 50 nationally.

33 million people in the United States will be hospital patients this year. The U.S. News and World Report ranking provides some guidance on which of the country’s facilities offer the best care overall, and which offer the best outcomes to treat particular medical conditions. Rankings can be used as a starting point to help you choose the best hospital to treat your condition, especially “if your care calls for special expertise, or if age, physical ailments, or a chronic condition could add a layer of risk.”

How are the Rankings Determined?

U. S. News analyzed data from 4656 hospitals nationwide, mostly in-patient facilities, and reviewed survey responses from over 30,000 doctors, evaluating 16 specialties, using 4 factors: survival rates, patient safety, specialized staff, and hospital reputation.

The 16 specialties evaluated in the report are:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Ear, Nose & Throat
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Long Term Care
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Urology

The 5 best hospitals in the country

 The best hospitals in the country according to data review and survey findings are

  1. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
  2. Cleveland Clinic
  3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
  4. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  5. University of Michigan Hospitals-Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor

Best in Kentucky

Of the 120 Kentucky hospitals evaluated, 6 received a ranking by U.S. News, while one facility received national rankings in 4 specialties.

University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital earned the biggest accolades in Kentucky.

  • Ranked #1 in the Commonwealth
  • Nationally ranked in 4 specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, ENT, and Orthopedics.
  • Deemed “high performing” in 5 adult specialties (Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonary, and Urology) and 6 procedures/conditions (Colon cancer surgery, Heart bypass surgery, Heart failure, Hip replacement, Knee replacement, and Lung cancer surgery).

Following UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington is Baptist Health Lexington, #2 in Kentucky.

Baptist Health Lexington is not nationally ranked in any specialty, but was deemed “high performing” in 8 procedures/conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery

Baptist Health Louisville is the first Louisville hospital to be recognized in the report, coming in at #3 Kentucky, and #1 in Louisville.

Although not nationally ranked in any specialty, it did receive recognition as “high performing” in 7 procedures/conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement

Norton Hospital Louisville is ranked #4 in Kentucky, and #2 in Louisville.

Although it, too, is not nationally ranked, it did receive “high performing” honors in 6 procedures/conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • COPD
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood – Covington Hospitals shares the #4 ranking with Norton Hospital Louisville in the U.S. News report.

St. Elizabeth is recognized as “high performing in 6 procedures/conditions including:

  • Aortic valve surgery
  • COPD
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement

And rounding out of the top 6 Best Hospitals in Kentucky, and #3 in Louisville, is Jewish Hospital. Jewish Hospital is rated “high performing” in COPD, heart failure, and lung cancer surgery.

Children’s Hospitals

Norton Children’s Hospital is ranked #1 children’s hospital in Kentucky, and is nationally ranked in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology.

Other ranked Kentucky children’s hospitals include Kentucky Children’s Hospital, NorthKey Community Care – Covington, River Valley Behavioral Health Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Lexington.

Best Hospital Search Tool

When choosing the best hospital for you or your loved one, use the U.S. News report to help narrow your search for hospitals that offer the best care regionally and nationally, and the best treatment for a specific condition.

You can find the full U.S. News and World Report rankings here: https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings