Today the U.S. News & World Report 2010 rankings of "America's Best Hospitals" were released and I am very excited to report that the Medical Center has been ranked in 11 specialties, continuing our standing as one of "America's Best" for 18 years in a row.
We have a lot to celebrate in these rankings including
• Having more specialties ranked this year than last -- 11 specialties this year vs 10 last year
• Substantial moves by several of our programs including our heart services moving up 17 spots to number 20 on the list, diabetes and endocronolgy moving up 10 spaces to 17 and orthopedics moving to 28 -- a jump of 13 spaces.
• Being the only Central Ohio hospital to be ranked in any specialty
While the reputation this brings makes us proud, it is even more exciting when we think that the U.S. News rankings are based on quality measures such as patient volume, mortality and safety, nursing excellence and technology. So, when we receive this recognition it is because we are providing the highest quality of care to our patients -- we are truly improving lives.
This year, U.S. News listed only 14 hospitals on their "honor roll" and while we are not among those hospitals this year, our 11 specialties still places us among the top healthcare institutions in the nation.
The 11 specialties at Ohio State recognized in this year's rankings were:
Cancer: # 26
Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders: # 17
Ear, Nose and Throat: #18
Heart and Heart Surgery: #20
Kidney Disorders: #31
Pulmonary: # 34
Neurology and Neurosurgery: #46
Combining these rankings with our success in research and education gives an even more complete picture of OSU Medical Center. Earlier this year, the College of Medicine again ranked 27th among America's 126 accredited medical schools in the most recent U.S. News "America's Best Graduate Schools" rankings, and our annual research funding totals have exceeded $200 million for the second year.
We continue to raise the bar across the Medical Center and we are being recognized based on our efforts.
I started this message with congratulations and I want to end with thanks. Our success wouldn't be possible without your continued efforts to deliver a world-class patient care experience here at Ohio State. Whether you are providing direct patient care, discovering new treatments, teaching future health professionals or providing support services for others, your commitment to excellence and teamwork is key to our continued success.
I hope that you are as proud of these accomplishments as I am - both for the recognition these rankings bring to our University, and for all you do each day to improve people's lives through personalized health care.
Congratulations -- thank you -- and have a great week.