INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has been recognized as the Oklahoma City Metro’s Best Regional Hospital and is among a three-way tie for the Best Hospital in the State award for 2018-19 by U.S. News & World Report. As a best hospital, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center will be a widely recognized symbol of excellence in U.S. health care. St. John Medical Center and Saint Francis Hospital, in Tulsa, are also tied for first place. The 29th annual rankings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care.
The 2018-19 rankings compared more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. This year, a total of 158 hospitals were nationally ranked in at least one specialty. More than 1,100 hospitals were rated high performing in at least one common procedure or condition, and 29 received a high performing rating in all nine procedures and conditions evaluated.
Only hospitals that earned at least three High Performing ratings or one national ranking can call themselves “Best” hospitals. Of the 4,500 hospitals evaluated for 2018-19 Best Hospitals, barely one out of eight met the standard.
INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center is rated High Performing in four adult procedures and conditions including aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure and colon cancer surgery.
To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area.
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 29th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.
Best Hospitals 2018-19 was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.