U.S. News Ranks Barnes-Jewish Hospital No. 8 Overall, No. 13 in Cancer Care

Jason Merrill

July 2, 2004 – For the 12th consecutive year, Barnes-Jewish Hospital is listed on U.S. News & World Report magazine’s honor roll of America’s best medical centers, ranking No. 8 in the nation. Of 6,102 U.S. hospitals, only 177 have ranked specialties, and only hospitals earning high marks in six or more of 17 select specialties make the honor roll. Barnes-Jewish Hospital placed among the top 10 in seven specialties and was ranked in an additional nine specialties.

In the cancer specialty category, the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine was listed as No. 13, up from a No. 22 ranking last year.

The standards for making the honor roll are rigorous. Fewer than 1 in 30 hospitals were ranked in even a single specialty this year, and only 14 hospitals made the honor roll, a list reserved for medical centers with high rankings in at least six specialties.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s rankings for other specialty areas are:

Urology — 5
Hormonal disorders — 6
Respiratory disorders — 6
Kidney disease — 7
Neurology and neurosurgery — 7
Ear, nose and throat — 9
Ophthalmology — 9
Heart and heart surgery — 11
Geriatrics — 13
Orthopedics — 13
Psychiatry — 14
Digestive disorders — 15
Rheumatology — 17
Gynecology — 21
Pediatrics — 22

The 2004 guide to America’s best hospitals appears in the July 12 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which hits newsstands July 5. The national newsmagazine evaluates hospitals for the rankings with the help of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), a social science research group at the University of Chicago. Over a three-year period, NORC surveyed 8,160 randomly selected, board-certified physicians representing 17 specialty areas to determine the reputation ranking for each hospital. Those physicians were asked to name the five hospitals they consider the best without taking into account location or expense.

Five specialty areas — ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — were ranked by reputation only. For the remaining 12 specialties — cancer; heart and heart surgery; digestive disorders; ear, nose and throat; geriatrics; gynecology; hormonal disorders; kidney disease; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; respiratory disorders; and urology — U.S. News combined each hospital's reputation ranking with quantitative medical data to determine the final scores.

"It is the exceptional care provided by our employees and physician partners from Washington University School of Medicine that continually earns us this honor," says Ronald Evens, MD, Barnes-Jewish Hospital president. "Our nurses, doctors and health-care professionals and volunteers have kept us again among the top 10 hospitals in the country."

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of healthcare services through its 12 hospitals and more than 100 healthcare sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital also is affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine, ranked as the nation's No. 2 medical school by U.S. News & World Report.
Last updated 7/2/04