NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist* have again been ranked among the best hospitals in the country in four medical specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospitals rankings. The annual Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Only 61 hospitals in the country ranked nationally in four or more specialties of the 12 data-driven specialties included in the list, and Ochsner is the only hospital ranked in the top 50 in four or more specialties within Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. This is the 17th time since 1996 Ochsner has been recognized among the Best Hospitals in America.

For the 2017-18 rankings, Ochsner is one of only 152 hospitals, out of 5,000, ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized these hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist are:

  • Nationally ranked #22 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Nationally ranked #24 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Nationally ranked #27 in Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Nationally ranked #28 in Nephrology

In addition, the Ochsner hospitals received High Performing rankings in several categories, which mean each met a standard of performance nearly as demanding as that of the national rankings.

Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist are:

  • High Performing in Cancer
  • High Performing in Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • High Performing in Geriatrics
  • High Performing in Orthopedics
  • High Performing in Pulmonology
  • High Performing in Urology

In addition, Ochsner Medical Center (in conjunction with Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist) was ranked #1 in Louisiana and #1 in the New Orleans metro area as well as being recognized among the Best Hospitals in Southeastern Louisiana.

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Earlier this summer, Ochsner Hospital for Children was ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery specialties in the 2017-18 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Louisiana and Mississippi to be recognized and offers one of the largest pediatric cardiology programs in the Gulf South.

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 on the ranking, visit Best Hospitals.

**Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist – a Campus of Ochsner Medical Center.


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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