Ochsner ranked #1 Hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ochsner Medical Center (OMC), inclusive of Ochsner Medical Center- West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist, has once again been ranked #1 in Louisiana for the eighth year in a row and recognized as a Best Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority on hospital rankings and consumer advice. Ochsner was also ranked #1 in the New Orleans metro area and recognized among the Best Hospitals in southeastern Louisiana.

OMC was also nationally ranked in the top 50 in two specialties, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and neurology and neurosurgery in the new 2019-20 Best Hospitals rankings published online today. This is the 10th consecutive year that OMC has been nationally ranked among the Best Hospitals in America.

Also announced today was OMC's distinguished "High Performing" ranking in the following areas: colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure, aortic valve surgery and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

With affiliations across Louisiana and Mississippi, OMC serves a large portion of our region's hospitals. Ochsner works with its partners to keep care local, but when patients need a higher level of specialized services, like organ transplants, many hospitals in the Gulf South turn to OMC.

"We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation's best hospitals and ranked #1 in Louisiana for the eighth consecutive year," said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. "Our physicians, nurses and all of our employees contribute to these nationally-ranked outcomes year after year with their dedication to clinical excellence and passion for delivering exceptional care to our patients."

In June, Ochsner Hospital for Children was nationally ranked among the country's top 2019-20 Best Children's Hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery and gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only children's hospital in Louisiana or Mississippi to be nationally-ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country and has received this distinction for three consecutive years.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.

For the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

"For 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 on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties."

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

For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook, available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.

For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

Please visit www.ochsner.org/info to make an appointment or for more information.

Contributed by Ochsner Health System