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

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center* have again been ranked among the best hospitals in the country in six medical specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospitals rankings. The annual Best Hospitals rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

Only 46 hospitals in the country ranked nationally in six or more specialties, and Ochsner is the only hospital to be ranked in the top 50 in any specialty within Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. This is the 15th time since 1996 Ochsner has been recognized among the Best Hospitals in America.

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 and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

Fewer than 3 percent of the 4,716 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 in 16 data-driven and reputational scoring specialties earned national rankings in even one specialty.

“A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

Ochsner Medical Center (in conjunction with Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center) 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, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist Medical Center are:

  • Nationally ranked #24 in Ear, Nose and Throat
  • Nationally ranked #31 in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Nationally ranked #40 in Nephrology
  • Nationally ranked #23 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Nationally ranked #45 in Orthopedics
  • Nationally ranked #40 in Pulmonology

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 Medical Center are:

  • High Performing in Cancer
  • High Performing in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • High Performing in Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • High Performing in Geriatrics
  • High Performing in Gynecology
  • High Performing in Urology

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions.

“To achieve these rankings as part of the most comprehensive national evaluation of hospitals and their clinical programs completed is truly outstanding.” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “As a national and global healthcare destination, we depend on every member of our organization to improve medical care for the benefit of our patients. We are proud of the work our physicians and staff accomplish on a daily basis so that we can fulfill our mission to change and save lives of our patients.”

“Ochsner continues to improve and advance the delivery of top-notch patient care across a growing footprint,” said Dr. Joseph Bisordi, Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System. “We continuously look for ways to enhance the offerings for our patients and remain committed to providing a patient-centric, high-quality environment year after year.”

"These rankings showcase the tremendous success Ochsner had in continuing to provide high-quality care across the region," Robert Wolterman, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center. “It is because of the commitment our physicians, nurses and all of our employees have made to our patients and communities that allows us to receive such prestigious recognition.”

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. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce 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 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.

**Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist 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 25 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs close to 17,000 employees, nearly 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. 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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