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Ohio State Wexner Medical Center among nation's best for 25th straight year

For the 25th consecutive year, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is among the best hospitals in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings, released today. The hospital system scored among the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the country.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is again named central Ohio’s No. 1 hospital, and is ranked third in the state, behind only Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

In the 2017-2018 rankings, Ohio State is recognized as a national leader in seven specialties, including: ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology);nephrology; cardiology and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; cancer; pulmonology; and diabetes and endocrinology. Each specialty improved in rank over the previous year.

Additionally, five specialties were named as high performing: gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; orthopedics; rehabilitation; and urology. These areas scored nearly as well as nationally ranked programs.

When it comes to common adult procedures and conditions rated by U.S. News, Ohio State is recognized as high performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)and lung cancer surgery.

The “Best Hospitals” rankings are considered a trusted resource for consumers and a benchmarking tool for the healthcare industry. Rankings are based on several criteria, including clinical outcomes, patient safety and reputation.

“We’re incredibly proud of the progress our teams have made as the region’s leader in health care excellence. Ranking among the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the country is truly an honor. Each member of our staff and faculty give their best every day to improve people’s lives throughout Ohio and beyond,” said David P. McQuaid, CEO of The Ohio State University Health System and COO of the Wexner Medical Center. “Evaluations such as this reflect the long-term commitment we have to serving our communities.”

The “America’s Best Hospitals” issue is compiled using data collected annually on more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals of varying sizes.