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The Methodist Hospital is ranked among the country's top centers in 10 specialties

Houston, TX - 7/17/2003

Magazine's Cover Story Features Methodist's Nursing Program

The Methodist Hospital is ranked among the country’s top centers in 10 specialties in today’s U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals issue.  Only one other hospital in the state has this many rankings.  The cover of the national magazine also spotlights the outstanding nursing program at Methodist. 

Methodist was the only hospital in Houston ranked in five of its specialties, and the only hospital ranked in Texas in two specialties.

Methodist was ranked in heart and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; urology; ear, nose and throat; ophthalmology; psychiatry; orthopedics; geriatrics; and kidney disease.

“These rankings demonstrate Methodist’s nationwide leadership in clinical research and medical care, including quality nursing, investment in top medical technology and extensive medical experience and expertise,” said Ron Girotto, president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital.

Methodist has ranked consistently in a variety of clinical areas since the rankings began in 1990, and has improved its previous rankings in five specialties this year. The magazine ranked the country’s top hospitals in 17 specialties based on a combination of clinical data and reputation.

Methodist was ranked 15th in the nation in heart and heart surgery, recognizing leadership in heart care, including clinical research, heart disease prevention, diagnosis, medical treatment, surgery and transplant services provided by the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center.

Methodist continues to be recognized in the field of neurology and neurosurgery, ranking 11th in the country this year. Methodist has ranked in the top 20 for neurology for the past six years.

In urology, the magazine ranked Methodist as 9th in the country, up two spots from last year. Urology, which includes the treatment of prostate cancer, also has been consistently ranked, earning a top spot for the sixth consecutive year.

For the sixth year in a row, Methodist ranked as a top hospital in ear, nose and throat, named 22nd in the nation. Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Eye Institute, housed at Methodist, ranked 13th, up two spots from last year, and was the only Texas institution ranked in that category.  Methodist was also the only hospital in Texas ranked in geriatrics, coming in at 35th.

Methodist ranked 18th in the nation in gynecology, up 6 from last year, for fertility problems and reproductive cancers.

In psychiatry, Methodist ranked 21st.  Additionally, The Menninger Clinic, affiliated with Methodist, is ranked 5th in psychiatry.

Methodist ranked 33rd in orthopedics and 38th in kidney disease.

The hospitals chosen by the magazine received a score that equally weighs reputation, mortality, and a group of care-related factors such as nursing and the use of high-quality medical technology. Hospitals must be members of the Council of Teaching Hospitals, affiliated with a medical school or score at least nine out of 17 on an index of medical technology to be eligible. More than 1,700 institutions are eligible for the rankings.