August 2, 2016

University HospitalCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the top two hospitals in Ohio according to the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” rankings, released today. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is second only to Cleveland Clinic in the state, according to the rankings. 
This is Ohio State Wexner Medical Center’s 24th consecutive year on the list. With eight ranked and three high-performing specialties, the hospital system is among the 3 percent of the nation’s hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center was again named central Ohio’s No. 1 hospital.
In the 2016-2017 rankings, Ohio State is recognized as a national leader in ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology); nephrology; cardiology and heart surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; pulmonology; diabetes and endocrinology; cancer; and geriatrics. 
The following areas are named as high-performing: orthopedics; gastroenterology and GI Surgery; and urology. Those designated as high-performing scored nearly as well as nationally ranked programs.
Ohio State is also recognized as high-performing in all nine common adult procedures and conditions rated by U.S. News. These include: abdominal aortic aneurism repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.
The “Best Hospitals” rankings are based on several criteria, including clinical outcomes, patient safety and reputation. The annual ranking of the nation’s top-performing hospitals is considered a leading resource for consumers and a benchmarking tool for the healthcare industry.
“We’re proud to have led the region for 24 years in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals” rankings,” said Dr. Sheldon Retchin, executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “This is a testament to the strong commitment undertaken by every member of our staff to become a preeminent destination for health, expertly serving the healthcare needs of Ohioans and beyond. We’re focused on delivering the safest, highest quality patient care and experience every day, and I’m truly honored to work with an outstanding team of care providers.”
In addition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital made U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll and ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties. Nationwide Children’s is home to the Department of Pediatrics in Ohio State’s College of Medicine, with many of its physicians and scientists holding faculty positions. 
The U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” issue is compiled using data collected annually from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals. Only 153 were ranked in at least one specialty.


Media Contact: Marti Leitch

Wexner Medical Center Media Relations