MEDICAL CARE Magazine commends 17 Ohio hospitals
The Cleveland Clinic is rated the best cardiac care center in the nation.
U.S. News & amp; World Report named 17 Ohio-based hospitals among America's best medical facilities based on the magazine's 2004 ranking in 17 medical specialties.
The 17 hospitals include the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland and Summa Health System in Akron.
Cleveland Clinic was the top-rated cardiac care center in the nation and was fourth out of 14 hospitals that made the Honor Role for excelling in six or more specialties.
Additionally, each of the 17 specialties listed at least one Ohio hospital among its top-ranked contenders.
Together with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Cleveland and Akron hospitals give residents of Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio, and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania access to nationally ranked hospitals within 100 miles of their homes.
The number of highly ranked hospitals in Ohio shows that the state continues to be a leader in cutting-edge treatments and research in the bioscience and biomedical industries, said Bruce Johnson, Ohio Department of Development director.
The benefits of having highly ranked hospitals go beyond access to quality care, Johnson said.
Ohio's network of top hospitals provides the research infrastructure needed for clinical trials on new drugs, medical devices and advanced treatments, he said.
Ohio is among the top eight clinical trial states in the nation, according to Omeris, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bioscience in Ohio. Ohio has more clinical trials per capita than any other state, with about 800 clinical trials recruiting patients at any one time, Johnson said.
The overall top-ranked hospital on the U.S. News & amp; World Report's Honor Roll is Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., with 32 points in 16 specialties. At fourth, the Cleveland Clinic garnered 24 points in 13 specialties.
The specialties used to rank the hospitals are: cancer, digestive disorders, ear, nose and throat, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, hormonal disorders, kidney disease, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, rehabilitation, respiratory disorders, rheumatology and urology.