Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CoxHealth named a ‘Best Hospital’ by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report today released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. CoxHealth was the only Springfield hospital named to the list, and the only Springfield hospital recognized as “high performing” in any medical specialty.

Of the more than 100 hospitals in Missouri, CoxHealth tied for fourth in the state only behind such well-known institutions as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, University of Missouri Health Care and Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

The Best Hospitals’ rankings are largely based on objective measures of hospital performance and hospital resources, such as patient survival rates and nurse staffing levels. Each hospital’s reputation among physicians is also a factor. 

Additionally, CoxHealth was recognized by the publication as a high-performing hospital in five specialties: Ear, Nose and Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. 

“We are proud to be the only Springfield hospital included in this ranking, and to be recognized among the best health care institutions in the state. We are committed to continuing to provide world-class care to the people of southwest Missouri,” said Steve Edwards, CoxHealth president and CEO. 

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. 

In February, CoxHealth was named a Best Regional Hospital by the publication, one of only 247 hospitals in the nation to receive this honor. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at