Baptist Health hospitals top Kentucky rankings by U.S. News & World Report

Herald-Leader Staff ReportJuly 15, 2014 

The main entrance and surgery drop-off area of the bed tower under construction at Baptist Healthcare Lexington. The new bed tower is scheduled to open late next year.


Baptist Health hospitals earned the top two spots in Kentucky as the best hospitals for 2014-15 according to U.S. News & World Report.

The rankings were included in a news release Tuesday.

Baptist Health Lexington moved up from No. 4 in last year's ranking to claim the top in the state for 2014-15. It is considered high-performing in 10 specialties. Baptist Health Louisville again tied for No. 2, this time with last year's top-rated hospital, St. Elizabeth Edgewood. Both are considered high-performing in nine specialties.

University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital was considered high-performing in seven specialties, followed by Norton Hospital in Louisville with three specialties.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonary; and urology, according to the news release. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was named the nation's top hospital.

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