U.S. News Ranks OU Medical Center # 1 in Oklahoma City Metro Area

Friday, July 15, 2011

by OU Medicine

U.S. News Ranks OU Medical Center # 1 in Oklahoma City Metro Area

22nd annual rankings recognize hospitals in 94 metro areas and 16 specialties

Washington D.C. – July 19, 2011 – OU Medical Center has been ranked number one in Oklahoma City in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country's top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

"The US News rankings are highly respected by consumers and national health care leaders, so we are appreciative and humbled by the recognition," said Cole Eslyn, President and Chief Executive Officer of OU Medical Center. "It is a great tribute to our staff and their dedication to providing outstanding patient care and cutting-edge treatments."

In addition to naming it the top Oklahoma City area hospital, US News recognized OU Medical Center for high performance in five specialty areas: cancer, urology, gynecology, nephrology and ear, nose and throat.

"We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to excellence and high-quality health care at OU Medicine," said M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., Senior Vice-President and Provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and Dean of the OU College of Medicine. "As the state's only academic medical center, we strive to be the best in everything we do, from treatment to research to education. We are blessed with highly skilled, highly dedicated health care professionals, and this ranking is a byproduct of their hard work."

Previously, US News honored The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center for having one of the best urology programs in the nation. The Children's Hospital was the only medical provider in Oklahoma to earn a national ranking.

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. "These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high."

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

"These are hospitals we call 'high performers.' They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures," Comarow said. "Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals."

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.