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Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report


Baptist Health has two of Kentucky’s top three hospitals — Baptist Health Lexington, ranked second, and Baptist Health Louisville, ranked third — in the 2018-19 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Baptist Health Louisville was also named No. 1 in Metro Louisville – the sixth time in seven years that it has been either No. 1 or tied for that ranking. Both hospitals are listed as being “Recognized in the Bluegrass Region” which encompasses Louisville and Lexington.

The rankings, now in their 29th year, recognize hospitals that excel in caring for patients and are designed to assist patients and their doctors in identifying a hospital that best meets their needs.

“This national recognition confirms what our patients tell us – that Baptist Health hospitals provide the very best of care,” said Baptist Health CEO Gerard Colman. “These rankings also illustrate the daily commitment of our physicians, nurses, and staff to live out our mission of leading in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth to meet the needs of our patients.”

Baptist Health Lexington was judged as “high performing” in eight of nine adult procedures and conditions rated in the U.S. News report: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery.

Baptist Health Louisville earned high performing ratings in seven areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement and knee replacement.

Baptist Health Floyd was rated as high performing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. About 1,100 hospitals received a high performing rating in one or more procedures and conditions, and 29 hospitals received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions.

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

Objective measures such as risk-adjusted patient survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing and other care-related data largely or entirely determine the rankings in most areas of care.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

For more information about the 2018-19 rankings, visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469906), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in late September.

From Baptist Health


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