published Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

U.S. News ranks Erlanger as best hospital in metro area

For the third straight year, the Erlanger Health System has been named among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine ranked Erlanger as high-performing in diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology and pulmonology, the “Best Hospital by Metro Area,” and one of the top 10 hospitals in Tennessee.

The report also recognized Dr. Louis Lambiase, the associate dean with the UT College of Medicine and physician with Erlanger’s Academic Gastroenterology practice, as among the top 1 percent of gastroenterologists in the nation.

“As the region’s only academic teaching hospital and Level One Trauma Center, we are extremely pleased to have earned this national recognition,” Erlanger President and CEO Kevin M. Spiegel said in a statement today.

The 24th edition of U.S. News and World Report rates more than 5,000 hospitals based upon such criteria as patient survival, infection rates, patient safety measures, nurse-to-patient ratios and responses from medical specialists to opinion surveys.

Other hospitals included on the magazine’s top 10 hospitals in Tennessee include Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Methodist Hospitals of Memphis, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge, St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville and both Parkwest and Fort Sanders hospitals in Knoxville.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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