U.S. News & World Report Names Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Among Best Hospitals

HOUSTON, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke's) has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31(st) year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

In addition to the Best Hospital ranking, Baylor St. Luke's also ranked nationally in five adult specialties:

    --  Cancer (The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center), ranked No. 27
    --  Cardiology & Heart Surgery, ranked No. 17
    --  Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, ranked No. 21
    --  Geriatrics, ranked No. 47
    --  Neurology & Neurosurgery, ranked No. 21

Among the nationally recognized high performing services are Nephrology, Pulmonology & Lung Surgery, and Urology. Additionally, Baylor St. Luke's earned a "High Performing" rating for the following adult procedures and conditions:

    --  Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
    --  Aortic Valve Surgery
    --  Chronic Obstruction Pulmonary Disease
    --  Colon Cancer Surgery
    --  Heart Bypass Surgery
    --  Heart Failure
    --  Lung Cancer Surgery
    --  Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

"At Baylor St. Luke's, we are transforming the way we deliver care for our patients through groundbreaking technologies and a multidisciplinary approach that allows us to give the best possible care to patients and their families," said Doug Lawson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke's Health. "I praise our dedicated staff and physicians for helping us achieve this recognition."

"We are honored to be recognized as a Best Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, a direct reflection of the superior care our world-class team of clinicians and health care professionals deliver to our communities," said Liz Youngblood, President of Baylor St. Luke's. "I am proud to be part of an organization where safety and quality care are our guiding principles of patient centered care".

"This is a great report that confirms the efforts of our partnership at Baylor St. Luke's and our affiliated hospitals to provide unsurpassed care to patients, conduct research that will change lives and train the next generation of physicians", said Paul Klotman, M.D., President/CEO and Executive Dean at Baylor College of Medicine. "Baylor St. Luke's high ranking in Texas is in parallel with Baylor College of Medicine being the highest ranked medical school in Texas. Together, we are an outstanding academic medical center and learning health system."

For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 134 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized best regional hospitals based on high performing rankings across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. For more information about the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the "Best Hospitals 2021" guidebook (ISBN 9781931469951), available in stores October 6.

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About Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke's Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke's also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

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