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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Indianapolis, Mooresville hospitals notch solid standing in magazine ranking report rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis is ranked No. 3 among Indiana hospitals in overall regional performance, according to U.S. News & World Report, which today (July 17)  released its annual Best Hospitals rankings.

Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville achieved a No. 13 statewide ranking in the survey. Both the Indianapolis and Mooresville hospitals were rated among Best Hospitals in Central Indiana.

This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

“Our physicians, nurses and support staff continually work to improve clinical processes while using their extensive knowledge, experience and skills to ensure better outcomes and superior care for our patients,” said Robert. J. Brody, president and chief executive officer for Franciscan St. Francis Health. “We’re pleased their efforts have been recognized.”

In regional recognitions, the Indianapolis hospital was rated “high-performing” in six specialties: neurology, neurosurgery, pulmonology, gynecology, gastroenterology, and geriatrics.

The Mooresville hospital’s orthopedics program was singled out, too, as high-performing.

Both hospitals were markedly above state and national averages when patients were asked if they would recommend the hospitals to their families and friends.

Franciscan St. Francis-Carmel, which opened last April, was not included in the rankings.

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.

“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

The complete rankings and methodology are available at