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July 17, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center leads the region with 10 ranked specialties, including cancer and cardiology, in the latest “Best Hospital” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Wexner Medical Center is among only a handful of hospitals in the country ranked in multiple specialties.

The “Best Hospitals” rankings are featured online at and are based on several criteria including clinical outcomes, patient safety and reputation. The annual ranking of the nation’s top performing hospitals by U.S. News & World Report has become a leading resource for consumers and a benchmarking tool for health care providers and insurers.

In the 2012-13 rankings Ohio State is recognized as a leader in cancer care, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology), geriatrics, gynecology (women’s health), nephrology, pulmonology, physical rehabilitation and urology.

Ohio State also was named high-performing in gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics. Specialties designated as “high-performing” scored extremely high and perform nearly as well their nationally ranked counterparts.

“For the 20th consecutive year, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report survey reflects the outstanding care provided in a broad range of specialties by our physicians, nurses and staff to improve people’s lives and brings positive national attention to our university and to Columbus,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Wexner Medical Center.

In addition, Nationwide Children’s Hospital made U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll list of the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Nationwide Children’s serves as home to the department of pediatrics for Ohio State’s College of Medicine, with many of their medical staff and physician scientists holding faculty positions at the university.

The “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, considered by many consumers and health care industry analysts as a leading indicator of quality care and performance, is compiled using data collected annually from more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals of varying sizes.

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Contact: David Crawford, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or