Baptist Health Louisville
Baptist Health Louisville | Photo by Darla Carter

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital once again has bragging rights as the top hospital in the state in rankings by U.S. News & World Report, but Baptist Health Louisville also fared well.

Baptist in eastern Jefferson County tied for third in the state with Baptist Health Lexington. Norton Hospital landed at No. 5 in the state.

In U.S. News metro rankings, Baptist Health Louisville was No. 1 and Norton Hospital was No. 2.

“At Baptist Health, our physicians, nurses and staff are centered on providing high-quality patient care every day,” Baptist Health CEO Gerard Colman said in a news release. “U.S. News & World Report rankings underscore that excellence and confirm that we’re living out our mission of leading in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth to meet the health-care needs of our communities.”

The hospital rankings are designed to help people make informed decisions about where to seek care. U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide as part of the annual exercise and placed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, at No. 1 on its Best Hospitals Honor Roll.

“This year we revised the methodology to incorporate new measures of patient-centered care and to enhance how we account for differences in hospitals’ patient populations,” U.S. News Managing Editor Ben Harder said in a news release. “The new model provides a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families and their medical professionals.”

UK HealthCare touts being No. 1
Screen capture from UK HealthCare website

UK HealthCare touted its top state ranking on its website, noting that it’s achieved the honor four times in a row.

“Every day, we set out to prove that the best care is right here in Kentucky,” the website notes. “Our team matches the strength of our patients and their families with world-class care, compassion, dedication and medical breakthroughs.”

UK achieved a national ranking — No. 33 — in the specialty of cancer.

UK was deemed high performing in three adult specialties — geriatrics, nephrology and orthopedics — as well as eight adult procedures/conditions, including heart-bypass surgery, hip replacement and lung-cancer surgery.

Baptist Health Louisville was found to be high performing in seven adult procedures/conditions, such as aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and knee replacement.

Norton Hospital was deemed high performing in five adult procedures/conditions, including hip and knee replacement.

 

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Darla Carter
Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.