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KU, St. Luke’s, Olathe Medical Center make U.S. News list of best regional hospitals

Twelve medical specialty programs at University of Kansas Hospital and seven at St. Luke’s Hospital were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News. Above, surgeons perform a kidney transplant at KU Hospital.
Twelve medical specialty programs at University of Kansas Hospital and seven at St. Luke’s Hospital were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News. Above, surgeons perform a kidney transplant at KU Hospital. 2013 file photo

Three area hospitals — the University of Kansas Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital and Olathe Medical Center — have been named to the U.S. News & World Report list of best regional hospitals for 2015.

Twelve medical specialty programs at KU Hospital and seven at St. Luke’s were ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News. The magazine gives national rankings to 16 medical specialties.

The top-rated programs at KU: geriatrics (17th out of the 50 best in the nation), pulmonology (17th), neurology and neurosurgery (19th), ear, nose and throat (21st), diabetes and endocrinology (26th), cardiology and heart surgery (26th), cancer (31st), gastroenterology and GI surgery (32nd), orthopedics (34th), urology (38th), nephrology (38th) and gynecology (41st). KU also was listed as “high performing” for heart bypass surgery.

Top-rated programs at St. Luke’s: gynecology (19th best in the nation), cardiology and heart surgery (20th), urology (27th), gastroenterology and GI surgery (37th), ear, nose and throat (38th), pulmonology (42nd) and nephrology (47th). The hospital was listed as high performing in diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and knee replacement surgery.

Olathe Medical Center was listed as high performing in both hip replacement and knee replacement surgery.

U.S. News said 137 U.S. hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more of the 16 specialties. Another 220 were high performing in at least one specialty. Just 15 qualified for the magazine’s “honor roll” by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis was the only hospital in Kansas or Missouri to make the honor roll. It ranked 10th. The top-rated hospital in the nation was Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

More information can be found at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

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