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Youngstown and Boardman Mercy Health hospitals get top rankings

Youngstown and Boardman Mercy Health hospitals get top rankings

For the sixth year in a row, the University of Kansas hospital has been named the top medical facility in the state by U.S. News and World Report. In the 16 specialty areas, 146 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. Iowa's ear, nose and throat department maintained its elite status at No. 5.

Eight UAB programs moved up in the rankings, according to UAB.

Michigan Medicine appeared in the top 10 nationally in geriatrics (No. 7), urology (No. 7) and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 8), while the UM W.K. Kellogg Eye Center ranked No. 8 in ophthalmology. VUMC was lauded for seven adult specialties and 10 children's specialty procedures.

U.S. News also ranked hospitals by each state, and Hopkins came in first in the comparison of Maryland hospitals.

Dr. Kevin High, Wake Forest Baptist's executive vice president of health system affairs, said the center "is pleased to be included among the country's top hospitals".

Earlier this summer, U.S. News ranked Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago the top children's hospital in IL and the 7th best children's hospital in the country.

Though consumer advocates say hospital rankings can be helpful for patients, many criticize rankings for not painting a full picture of hospitals' successes and challenges.

As has been the pattern for U.S. News, the rankings tilted again toward academic medical centers, both in North Carolina and nationally.

Most of the procedures and conditions at Carlisle Regional Medical Center were rated as average, except for abdominal aortic aneurysm and fix and colon cancer surgery, which were both rated by U.S. News & World Report as "below average". To see more, visit KCUR 89.3. Gynecology, ranked 35th last year, is unranked this year. Faculty from the CU School of Medicine are renowned experts in their fields and drive the quality recognized by the U.S. News rankings. The specialty has earned KU hospital mentions on the list for six consecutive years.

The company changed its methodology to lean less on a hospital's reputation and more on hard numbers last year - the same year the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services introduced its five-star rating system based on data alone.

"UK HealthCare is a place where you feel safe because you know we're ready no matter the situation or illness", said Colleen Swartz, UK HealthCare's chief administrative officer.

Of the 4,658 USA hospitals evaluated this year, just under half met the ranking criteria, which involve being or affiliating with a medical school, having at least 200 beds set up and staffed or offering enough advanced technologies.