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For the 14th Year in a Row, Cleveland Clinic Heart Center Is Ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report 'America's Best Hospitals' Survey

Survey Ranks Cleveland Clinic As Nation's 4th Best Hospital Overall, Placing 15 of its 16 Ranked Specialties Ahead of All Ohio Hospitals; 10

Clinic Specialties Rated Among Nation's Top Ten

CLEVELAND, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- For the fourteenth year in a row, Cleveland Clinic's cardiac care has been ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the 2008 U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" survey.

The survey recognizes Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals overall, ranking the Clinic 4th in the country. Cleveland Clinic ranked in all 16 specialties surveyed by the magazine. Ten of its specialties were listed among the Top 10 in the United States and all of the Clinic's specialties placed in the nation's top 25.

"We continually strive to provide our patients with the most advanced, compassionate healthcare," said Delos M. "Toby" Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. "The results of the 2008 America's Best Hospitals Survey are a positive affirmation of our efforts and the dedication of our medical staff and employees in the delivery of high-quality medical care."

The complete 2008 national rankings for Cleveland Clinic are: cancer, 13; gastrointestinal disorders, 2; ear, nose and throat, 11; endocrinology, 6; geriatrics, 14; gynecology, 8; heart and heart surgery, 1; nephrology, 4; neurology and neurosurgery, 6; ophthalmology, 11; orthopedics, 3; psychiatry, 22; rehabilitation, 19; respiratory disorders, 5; rheumatology, 2; and urology, 2.

The Clinic was rated No. 1 in Ohio in 15 of the 16 specialty areas surveyed, including cardiac care, which was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

"We're grateful to our patients, employees, colleagues and U.S. News for this recognition," said Bruce Lytle, M.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute. "We take this honor as a challenge to continue advancing the treatment of heart disease for the benefit of current and future patients."

In the 2008 Best Hospitals ranking, the Clinic's cancer services moved up, ahead of Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, a notable accomplishment given the high-quality cancer services available throughout Ohio.

"We're very happy to have the No. 1 cancer center in Ohio," said Derek Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of the Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute. "We hope to continue on an upward trajectory as we add new people, programs and services to our scope of treatment."

A full list of the national hospital rankings will be published in the July 21/28 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine available on newsstands on Monday, July 14. Rankings for pediatrics were published in the magazine's June 9 issue.

According to U.S. News, of the 5,453 hospitals evaluated by the magazine, 170 scored high enough in measures of quality, including mortality and patient volume, to be ranked in at least one specialty this year.

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties weighed reputation, death rate and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. The ranking for ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology was based solely on reputation derived from physician surveys.

The 19 hospitals selected for the magazine's 2008 Honor Roll, with Cleveland Clinic ranked No. 4 achieved high scores in at least six specialties, according to U.S. News.

RTI International, Research Triangle Park, N.C., compiled all hospital data and developed the 2008 rankings on behalf of U.S. News.

This year's rankings, particularly the Clinic's 14th consecutive rating as No. 1 Heart & Heart Surgery Program in the country, come during one of the Clinic's most historic periods. This fall, the largest building project in Cleveland Clinic history, the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion and the Glickman Tower, will open. Together, these state-of-the art buildings will add nearly 1.3 million square feet in clinical and public space to the Clinic's main campus.

The Miller Family Pavilion will serve as the main entrance to Cleveland Clinic and the new home of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. With nearly 1 million square feet of space, the pavilion will feature 278 private patient rooms, state-of-the-art catheterization labs and operating rooms, and a rooftop plaza. The ground floor will include an assortment of stores and retail food options for patient and visitor convenience.

The 330,000-square-foot Glickman Tower will house the Clinic's Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute and feature advanced clinical technology, a rooftop helipad for critically ill and injured patients, as well as a grand hallway.

The buildings will officially open in late September.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2007, there were 3.5 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic and 50,455 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is

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