August 14, 2018

OSUWMCBuildingCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is recognized as a national leader in 10 specialties, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings released today. This puts the hospital system in an elite category that fewer than half a percent of hospitals in the nation achieved, and it’s the hospital’s 26th consecutive year with ranked specialties.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is again ranked No. 1 in Columbus and named central Ohio’s “Best Hospital.” 
“Only 26 of the more than 4,500 hospitals in the country that were evaluated had this many ranked specialties. Independent rankings such as these prove that we put the highest emphasis on safe, high-quality health care every day,” said David P. McQuaid, CEO of The Ohio State University Health System and COO of the Wexner Medical Center. “We’re proud to be the region’s leader in healthcare excellence, and we’re committed to improving the health of our communities in Ohio and beyond.”   
In the 2018-2019 rankings, Ohio State has 10 specialties that rank among the 50 best in their fields, with seven in the top 25. They include: ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology); pulmonology; cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; cardiology and heart surgery; orthopedics; urology; and geriatrics.
Rehabilitation and gastroenterology and GI surgery were named as high performing specialties. These areas scored nearly as well as nationally ranked programs.
The “Best Hospitals” rankings are considered a trusted resource for consumers and a benchmarking tool for the healthcare industry. Rankings are based on several criteria, including clinical outcomes, patient safety and reputation.  
“These rankings are indicative of our unwavering focus on translating research discoveries into cutting-edge and differentiated clinical care. Columbus and central Ohio are fortunate to have a leading academic medical center as a part of the community,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, dean of The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “This tremendous care is enabled by our talented team that is over 23,000 strong; we are attracting the best and brightest minds from all over the country to join us and be part of our success.”
The “America’s Best Hospitals” issue is compiled using data collected annually on more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals of varying sizes.
Media Contact: Marti Leitch, Wexner Medical Center Media Relations, 614-293-3737 or

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