University of Kansas Hospital, Children’s Mercy, St. Luke’s among nation’s best in U.S. News rankings

07/14/2014 7:01 PM

07/15/2014 12:10 PM

Three Kansas City area hospitals have made it onto U.S. News & World Report’s latest lists of best hospitals, which were released Tuesday.

The University of Kansas Hospital is ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide in 12 medical and surgical specialties for 2014-15. Children’s Mercy Hospital is nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties, and St. Luke’s Hospital is nationally ranked in three specialties.

Rankings are based on patient safety and outcomes data, as well as the hospital’s reputation in each specialty program.

KU Hospital’s nationally ranked programs include cancer (No. 29), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 21), diabetes and endocrinology (No. 20), ear, nose and throat (No. 17), gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 24), geriatrics (No. 16), gynecology (No. 38), nephrology (No. 33), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 12), orthopedics (No. 33), pulmonology (No. 12), and urology (No. 36).

At Children’s Mercy, the nationally ranked pediatrics programs are cancer (No. 17), diabetes and endocrinology (No. 17), gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 32), neonatology (No. 23), nephrology (No. 6), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 38), orthopedics (No. 14), pulmonology (No. 38) and urology (No. 40).

The nationally ranked programs at St. Luke’s are cardiology and heart surgery (No. 47), gynecology (No. 39), and urology (No. 48). In addition, St. Luke’s had eight “high-performing programs.”

Three other area hospitals are listed as having high-performing programs: North Kansas City Hospital, with four, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center and St. Luke’s South with one each.

U.S. News & World Report judged KU Hospital as the best hospital both in Kansas City and in Kansas. St. Luke’s was ranked No. 2 both in Kansas City and in Missouri. Neither hospital was included in U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” of hospitals that rank at the top in several specialties.

To reach Alan Bavley, call 816-234-4858 or send email to abavley@kcstar.com.

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