MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Six WVU Medicine hospitals – four member hospitals and two managed hospitals – have been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020-21. This year’s rankings also include the WVU Medicine Urology Program’s fourth consecutive national ranking, and WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital’s designation as the number one hospital in the state.
In addition to Urology, which was ranked 40th in the country, Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, and Pulmonology and Lung Surgery programs were all recognized as High Performing specialties.
Six WVU Medicine hospitals were designated as High Performing in the Procedures and Conditions category. They are:
- Berkeley Medical Center – High Performing in COPD
- Camden Clark Medical Center – High Performing in COPD and Heart Failure
- Ruby Memorial – High Performing in COPD and Heart Failure
- Uniontown Hospital (managed hospital) – High Performing in COPD
- United Hospital Center – High Performing in COPD and Heart Failure
- Wheeling Hospital (managed hospital) – High Performing in COPD and Heart Failure
“We are thrilled to have more specialties and more hospitals recognized by U.S. News and World Report. These rankings validate the strides we have made in strengthening our System and the care we provide throughout it,” Albert L. Wright, Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System, said. “Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, and we thank them for making WVU Medicine the world-class healthcare system that it is.”
The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.
For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 26 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 134 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized best regional hospitals based on high performing rankings across multiple areas of care.
“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
For more information about the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the “Best Hospitals 2021” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469951), available in stores October 6.
ABOUT THE WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY HEALTH SYSTEM
The West Virginia University Health System, the state’s largest health system and largest private employer, is comprised of 12 hospitals – its flagship hospital, J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown and Fairmont Medical Center in Fairmont; Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg; Braxton County Memorial Hospital in Gassaway; Camden Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg; Jackson General Hospital in Ripley; Jefferson Medical Center in Ranson; Potomac Valley Hospital in Keyser; Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale; St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon; Summersville Regional Medical Center in Summersville; United Hospital Center in Bridgeport; and Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville. It also provides management services to Barnesville Hospital in Barnesville, Ohio; Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Maryland; Harrison Community Hospital in Cadiz, Ohio; Highland-Clarksburg Hospital in Clarksburg; Uniontown Hospital in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and Wheeling Hospital in Wheeling. The WVU Health System also includes five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.
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Attention reporters and editors: To speak with WVU Medicine leadership, please contact Angela Jones-Knopf at 304-285-7259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak with leadership at Berkeley Medical Center, please contact Teresa McCabe at 304-264-1223 or email@example.com. To speak with leadership at Camden Clark Medical Center, please contact Roger Lockhart at 304-424-2071 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak with leadership at Uniontown Hospital, please contact Josh Krysak at 724-430-8634 or email@example.com. To speak with leadership at United Hospital Center, please contact Matt Chisler at 681-342-1611 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak with leadership at Wheeling Hospital, please contact Thea Gompers at 304-243-3705 or email@example.com.