Ochsner Nationally Ranked in Nine Specialties and Named #1 in LA by U.S. News & World Report

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus* have again been ranked among the best hospitals in the country in nine medical specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014-15 Best Hospitals rankings. Only 36 hospitals in the country ranked nationally in nine or more specialties. The annual Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This is the 14th time since 1996 Ochsner has been recognized among the Best Hospitals in America, and in the past four years, Ochsner has ranked nationally in seven or more medical specialties.

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels, available technology and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

Just 144 of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national rankings in even one specialty. Ochsner earned national rankings in nine of the 12 data-driven medical specialties.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

Additionally, Ochsner Medical Center (in conjunction with Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus) 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.

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

  • Nationally ranked #28 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Nationally ranked #36 in Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Nationally ranked #18 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Nationally ranked #46 in Geriatrics
  • Nationally ranked #34 in Nephrology
  • Nationally ranked #24 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Nationally ranked #41 in Orthopedics
  • Nationally ranked #26 in Pulmonology
  • Nationally ranked #46 in Urology

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

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

  • High Performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • High Performing in Cancer
  • High Performing in Gynecology

“The U.S. News rankings are especially meaningful because they underscore Ochsner’s expertise in delivering high-quality patient care across numerous complex clinical specialties,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “These rankings are the most comprehensive national evaluation of hospitals and their clinical programs completed by any third party independent organization.”

“We have a relentless focus on quality throughout the system which has led to consistent improvement in our patients’ outcomes and that is reflected in the U.S. News rankings,” said Dr. Joseph Bisordi, Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System. “Our top priority is to provide the best possible care for our patients and the community.”

“Ochsner has the capability throughout our system to provide you with the most sophisticated specialty care,” said Robert Wolterman, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our physicians, nurses and all of our colleagues who contribute to the care provided to patients that results in national caliber outcomes year after year.”

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

**Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus.


Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 15,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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