CoxHealth has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 in three specialty areas and recognized in Southwest Missouri by U.S. News & World Report magazine. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“This is an amazing honor to be named three years in a row and have three specialty areas named as high performing on this prestigious national rankings list,” says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth President and CEO. “We strive to be in the top ten percent in the nation in quality metrics, and in nearly every venue we are meeting or exceeding this goal. This is a tribute to our physicians and staff who take great pride in caring for the community they love and call home.”
For the third year in a row, CoxHealth is the highest ranked hospital in Springfield. Additionally, CoxHealth has more high performing specialties of any Springfield hospital; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Pulmonology.
In addition, CoxHealth was among the Silver Award honorees. Just 12 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned the Silver Award – High Performing.
“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.