U.S. News & World Report Ranks John Muir Health’s Medical Centers Among Nation, State And Bay Area’s Best

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U.S. News & World Report Ranks John Muir Health’s Medical Centers Among Nation, State And Bay Area’s Best  

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek Ranks in Top 50 nationally for Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, and Gynecology. John Muir Medical Center, Concord Ranks in Top 50 nationally for Orthopedics and Diabetes & Endocrinology. Both medical centers ranked in Top 3 overall in San Francisco/Oakland area and Top 12 in the state.

Walnut Creek, Calif. (July 15, 2014) – John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek and Concord medical centers have been ranked among the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of America's Best Hospitals. The annual rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients with complex conditions.

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Medical Center, Concord were two of just 144 hospitals – three percent of the nearly 5,000 analyzed – to be nationally ranked in one of 16 medical specialties. This places both medical centers among America’s Best Hospitals and as two of the top ranked medical centers on the West Coast.

For the eighth consecutive year, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek had services nationally ranked. This year, the services in the Top 50 were Orthopedics, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, and Gynecology. The Walnut Creek medical center has been nationally ranked in Orthopedics and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery for eight straight years and Gynecology for the past three years. In addition, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek was ranked as high-performing in seven specialties, including Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology.

John Muir Medical Center, Concord was ranked in the Top 50 nationally for the second consecutive year in Orthopedics and Diabetes & Endocrinology. Along with the national rankings, the Concord medical center was ranked as high-performing in nine specialties, including Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. Combined, the two medical centers had 11 services nationally ranked or rated as high performing.

In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News published state and metropolitan hospital rankings. John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek is listed at #2 out of 46 hospitals in the San Francisco-Oakland area and #10 out of nearly 440 acute care hospitals in California. John Muir Medical Center, Concord is listed at #3 locally and #12 in the state. John Muir Health’s medical centers were the only non-academic hospitals in northern California to appear in the Top 15 state rankings.

“We are proud to be ranked among the region, state and nation’s best,” said Jane Willemsen, president and chief administrative officer of John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek. “Achieving this prestigious recognition eight years in a row is a testament to John Muir Health’s incredible team of doctors, nurses, staff and volunteers who work together to save lives every day and provide the finest possible care to the communities we serve."

“The rankings from U.S. News take into account patient diagnosis, treatment, prevention, education, outcomes and safety, as well as resources dedicated to patient care, ” said Mike Thomas, president and chief administrative officer at John Muir Medical Center, Concord. “John Muir Health's rankings should give patients confidence that they will receive a high level of patient-centered care from experts in their field in a range of specialties. ”

“Our mission is to improve the health of the communities we serve with quality and compassion, which is reflected in the rankings by U.S. News,” said Irving Pike, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at John Muir Health. “We have set the bar high and will continue to offer and provide expertise in a broad range of services not usually found at community hospitals so patients can stay close to home, family and friends for the very best 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.

Between the two medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, John Muir Health has 839 licensed beds. John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek also serves as the designated trauma center for Contra Costa County. In addition, the health system offers a network of 1,000 primary care and specialty physicians to care for patients.

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands in August.