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U.S. News & World Report Names Jewish Hospital Best in Kentucky for Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the State


U.S. News & World Report Names Jewish Hospital Best in Kentucky for Cardiology & Heart Surgery in the State


Louisville, Ky. (August 19, 2014) – Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2014-15 for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Jewish Hospital is the only hospital in Kentucky recognized for cardiology and heart surgery.

“Jewish Hospital has a long standing tradition of excellence and innovation in heart care,” said Joseph Gilene, president Jewish Hospital Medical Campus. “The distinction by U.S. News & World Report is evidence of the world class care we provide to Kentuckians.”

“KentuckyOne Health Heart and Vascular Care provides the region’s most comprehensive heart care program,” said Mark Slaughter, M.D., executive director of cardiovascular services for the KentuckyOne Health Louisville market, Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville. “We work everyday to use our expertise to give patients the best chance to have a successful outcome and we are proud to be recognized for the care we provide.” 

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

Opened in 1905, Jewish Hospital is home to a number of firsts in heart care including Kentucky’s first adult open heart surgery, coronary angioplasty and heart transplant.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center.  The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.



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