U.S. News Ranks Barnes-Jewish Hospital No. 8 in Nation, No. 17 in Cancer Care

Jason Merrill

July 15, 2010 — Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine are one of only 14 hospitals and medical institutions in the country listed among America’s elite medical centers in U.S.News & World Report magazine’s list of “America’s Best Hospitals.” Barnes-Jewish earned the No. 8 spot on the “Honor Roll” of best hospitals and ranked among the top in 15 individual specialties.

In the cancer specialty category, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine was listed as No. 17.

Barnes-Jewish is the only “Honor Roll” hospital within a 250-mile radius of St. Louis to be recognized and the only St. Louis hospital to be ranked in more than one specialty category.

The standards used to select “America’s Best Hospitals” are rigorous. Of 4,852 U.S. hospitals, only 152 have ranked specialties, and only hospitals earning high marks in six or more of 12 select specialties made the “Honor Roll.” Overall, only 14 hospitals are listed on the “Honor Roll.” This is the 18th consecutive year Barnes-Jewish has appeared on the list.

By individual specialty, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine rankings are:

  • Diabetes and endocrinology — 9
  • Orthopedics — 7Kidney disorders — 9
  • Ear, nose and throat — 10
  • Neurology and neurosurgery — 10
  • Gastroenterology — 12
  • Heart and heart surgery — 12
  • Pulmonology — 13
  • Ophthalmology — 15
  • Rheumatology — 15
  • Psychiatry — 16
  • Cancer — 17
  • Geriatrics — 17
  • Urology — 17
  • Gynecology — 21

The 2010 guide to “America’s Best Hospitals” appears online at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and in the August issue of the national newsmagazine, which hits newsstands July 20.

“World-class patient care, research and education are what make us a national leader in medicine,” says Rich Liekweg, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president. “To be ranked so consistently as an ‘Honor Roll’ hospital speaks to the efforts of our nurses, staff and physician partners at Washington University.”

For the seventh year, a hospital’s Magnet status affected its standing. Barnes-Jewish was named St. Louis’ first Magnet Hospital in 2003 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, formally recognizing the hospital for meeting high standards of nursing excellence.

Four specialty areas — ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — were ranked by reputation only. For the remaining 12 specialties, U.S.News combined each hospital's reputation ranking with quantitative medical data to determine the final scores.