Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Mankato rank among best in Wisconsin, Minnesota regions

July 16, 2013

Top Ranked Local CareMayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire and Mankato are recognized among the Best Hospitals in their regions of Wisconsin and Minnesota in the 24th U.S. News & World Report annual America’s Best Hospitals list, which was released today.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is ranked No. 4 in Wisconsin and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in northwest Wisconsin in the U.S. News list. In addition, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire is also nationally ranked in urology (No. 50) and was recognized as high performing in cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology

“This national recognition from U.S. News underscores the commitment our staff makes to care for patients,” says Randall Linton, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System’s northwest Wisconsin region.

Additionally, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato is ranked No. 14 in Minnesota and is recognized among the Best Hospitals in southern Minnesota. Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato also is recognized as high performing in orthopedics.

“Being labeled as one of the best hospitals in southern Minnesota and in the top 15 in the state is a testament to the expertise and quality service that our providers and allied health staff deliver to our patients each day,” says Greg Kutcher, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System’s southwest Minnesota region.

Many external agencies rate quality in health care, and Mayo Clinic is top ranked for quality by more well-known national assessment organizations than any other academic medical center in the nation.

“These endorsements reinforce our century-old commitment to provide the highest quality care to each patient every day. While no single set of measures can perfectly represent health care quality, we are proud to be recognized by so many,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic's president and CEO. “We are honored by this recognition, and we remain focused on our primary mission: putting the needs of our patients first and creating for them the best possible, most trusted and affordable model of health care for the future.”

Most recently, Mayo Clinic was highly rated in the 24th U.S. News America’s Best Hospitals list. As in 2012, Mayo earned the No. 3 overall spot on the “Best Hospitals” list released today. Mayo ranked No. 1 in the nation in five clinical areas — gynecology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology.

In addition, Mayo is ranked No. 2 in five other specialties — cardiology & heart surgery, ear, nose & throat,  geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery and orthopedics. Mayo Clinic earned the No. 1 spot in Minnesota, ranked No. 1 in Arizona and specifically in the Phoenix metro area, and tied for the No. 1 rank as best hospital in the Jacksonville metro area and No. 4 spot in Florida.

Hospitals included in the U.S. News Honor Roll, such as Mayo Clinic, are part of an elite group recognized for “breadth of excellence,” according to the magazine. To make the magazine’s “Honor Roll,” a medical center has to rank at or near the top in at least six specialties included in the rankings.  Mayo Clinic ranked in the top five in 14 specialties of the 16 specialties. Mayo Clinic landed a ranking of No. 1 or No. 2 in 10 of the 12 specialties that are measured based on reputation, services and volumes, safety and clinical outcomes.

Mayo Clinic’s specialty rankings with links to detailed rankings for each specialty area are as follows: gynecology (1); diabetes & endocrinology (1); gastroenterology & GI surgery (1); nephrology (1); pulmonology (1); cardiology & heart surgery (2); ear, nose & throat (2); geriatrics (2); neurology & neurosurgery (2); orthopedics (2); cancer (3); rheumatology (3); urology (3); rehabilitation (5); psychiatry (7); and ophthalmology (15).

The Arizona campus of Mayo Clinic also ranked nationally in cancer (33), ENT (25), gastroenterology & GI surgery (20), geriatrics (17), gynecology (26), nephrology (21), neurology & neurosurgery (38), orthopedics (43), pulmonology (50), and urology (31). In addition, the Arizona campus was recognized as high performing in cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, and rheumatology.

The Florida campus of Mayo Clinic ranked nationally in cancer (34) and was recognized as high performing in diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“Our employees work diligently every day to make each patient’s experience the best it can be, and that’s reflected in the fact that we consistently rank highly in quality measurements,” says Dr. Noseworthy. “We have a deep commitment to delivering the highest quality care that best meets patients’ needs. We owe our success to truly dedicated staff working together with an unwavering focus on the patient that I believe is unmatched, anywhere.”

Many private organizations and government agencies recognize hospitals for high levels of quality and safety. Each uses its own assessment of what best determines hospital quality, and as a result, rankings often differ.

The following organizations recognize Mayo Clinic for high levels of quality and safety: U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll; UHC Quality Leadership Award; ACNN Nursing Magnet status; Consumer Reports hospital safety; The American College of Surgeons and National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

The rankings were announced today on U.S. News & World Report web site. Print versions of the guidebook editions will be on sale starting Aug. 27.

MULTIMEDIA ALERT: For audio and video of Mayo Clinic physicians talking about the U.S. News and World Report rankings, visit the Mayo Clinic News Network

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of Mayo-owned clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities that serve the health care needs of people in 70 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.

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