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U.S. News & World Report Names Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Among Best Hospitals

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HOUSTON (July 29, 2019) ― Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) has been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2019-2020 according to U.S. News & World Report, including second in Houston and third in Texas. The announcement came days after The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) restored Baylor St. Luke’s “deemed” status.  The hospital ranked nationally in four adult specialties: 

  • The Cardiology and Heart Surgery service line, in partnership with the Texas Heart Institute, is ranked number 21 in the nation
  • The Neurology and Neurosurgery service line is ranked 18 in the nation (top ranked in Houston)
  • The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked 36 in the nation
  • The Gastroenterology & Digestive Health service line is ranked 22 in the nation

The hospital was rated high performing in six adult specialties and six procedures and conditions:

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery
  • Urology 

Procedures and Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure

These rankings are based on critical health elements, including patient survival and safety, hospital reputation, and care-related factors.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 30th year, are part of U.S. News’ patient portal, designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures. For the 2019-2020 rankings, U.S. News evaluated nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions.

“We are honored to be recognized with this achievement. It is a testament to the dedication and compassion demonstrated by our physicians, nurses and staff on a daily basis,” said Doug Lawson, Ph.D., president, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and CEO, CHI Texas Division.


About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

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