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Ochsner Medical Center, Only Louisiana Hospital Listed in 'America's Best' by U.S. News
Date:7/16/2009

NEW ORLEANS, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ochsner Medical Center is the only Louisiana hospital to be ranked as one of the 50 "Best Hospitals in America" in Heart & Heart Surgery, Urology, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) in U.S. News & World Report's 2009-10 publication.

"This is an honor for Ochsner; the physicians and medical staff who strive to provide the best medical care," says Warner Thomas, President and Chief Operating Officer for Ochsner Health System. "Furthermore, it is promising news for Louisiana residents as the state struggles to come to terms with healthcare reform. Knowing that nationally-recognized care is close to home, Louisiana residents don't need to leave the state in order to meet their medical needs."

"When the stakes are high, you want the best care you can get for someone close to you," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report health rankings editor. "These are hospitals that are used to getting the sickest patients."

Despite a recent damaging report on Louisiana's cardiac care,* Dr. Chris White, Ochsner Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, says, "This report affirms that the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute is one of the nation's 'best in class' for heart and vascular therapy. U.S. News' ranking reflects the top one-percent of all hospitals nationally; it's commercially unbiased and is a comprehensive representation of hospitals with quality care and physician staff, academic prominence, and cutting-edge technology."

Now in its 20th year, the "America's Best Hospitals" guide is the most extensive hospital ranking to-date, evaluating 16 specialties: cancer; diabetes & endocrine disorders; digestive disorders; ENT; geriatric care; gynecology; heart and heart surge
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