Thursday, July 18, 2013

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

For immediate release
July 16, 2013

For the second year in a row, CoxHealth has been named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report magazine in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals guidebook. In addition, CoxHealth was recognized as a “high-performing hospital” in the specialties of gastroenterology and GI surgery, gynecology, nephrology, and pulmonology.

“We are proud to be the highest ranking hospital in our service area, and the only Springfield area hospital to receive this recognition two years in a row,” said Steve Edwards, CoxHealth president and CEO. “This is a wonderful national recognition of the care and compassion provided by our physicians and staff. We are flattered to be included in what has become the gold-star recognition of hospital quality.”

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best.” 

The rankings are largely based on objective measures of hospital performance and hospital resources, such as patient survival and safety data, and nurse staffing levels. The rankings are meant to function as a GPS-like aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that represent the biggest challenges. The full list of rankings is available online at, and will appear in print Aug. 27. 

CoxHealth is the only locally owned, not-for-profit health system based in Springfield, Mo. It is accredited by The Joint Commission, distinguished as one of the nation’s Top 100 Integrated Healthcare Systems (2006-2012) and committed to caring for the community. 

Established in 1906, the organization serves more than 900,000 people in a 25-county service area in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas, offering a comprehensive array of primary and specialty care including five hospitals and more than 84 clinics in 24 communities. The health system includes Cox Medical Center South, Cox Medical Center Branson, Cox North Hospital, Meyer Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Hospital, Cox Monett Hospital, Oxford HealthCare (the nation’s second largest hospital-based home health agency), Home Parenteral Services (home infusion therapy), CoxHealth Foundation, Cox College, Cox HealthPlans and more.