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Published on July 20, 2012

University of Missouri Health Care Ranked Among Top Hospitals In Central Missouri And The State By U.S. News & World Report

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― University of Missouri Health Care was the only hospital in Columbia or central Missouri to make U.S. News and World Report’s prestigious list of best hospitals announced this week.

University of Missouri Health Care was ranked second in the state out of more than 100 hospitals in Missouri. Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis was the only hospital ranked ahead of MU Health Care.

In addition, MU Health Care’s ear, nose and throat program was rated among the top 50 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Missouri Health Care was also the only Columbia or mid-Missouri hospital recognized as “high performing” in any medical specialty. MU Health Care was rated as “high performing” in eight adult specialties, including:

• Diabetes and endocrinology

• Gastroenterology

• Gynecology

• Nephrology

• Neurology and neurosurgery

• Orthopaedics

• Pulmonology

• Urology

The rankings were determined by data that is publicly available, such as information collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to patient survival, infection rates, patient safety measures and nurse-to-patient ratios, as well as survey responses from medical specialists. A hospital’s reputation also played a factor in how it was ranked.

“We are pleased that U.S. News and World Report has ranked University of Missouri Health Care among the top hospitals in Missouri,” said James Ross, chief executive officer of MU Health Care. “This recognition is a result of the skill, experience and dedication to patient-and-family-centered care that our physicians, nurses, health professionals and other staff demonstrate every day.”

In addition to the annual Best Hospital rankings, MU Health Care was also recognized as being one of 156 hospitals nationally to be named to the magazine’s Most Connected Hospitals 2012-13 list. “Most Connected” status highlights organizations that provide excellent clinical care and are leaders in the implementation of electronic medical records.

MU Health Care, recipient of the 2011 Missouri Quality Award from the Excellence in Missouri Foundation, was also recently recognized for the second consecutive year as one of the nation’s Most Wired health systems according to the 2012 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of the American Hospital Association’s “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine.