By David McCollum, OU Medicine

Becker’s Hospital Review, a national publication for healthcare decision-makers, has named OU Medical Center one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America for 2020.
The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction.
“We have a great team of physicians, leaders and staff,” said Chuck Spicer, FACHE, president and CEO of OU Medicine. “This isn’t just a recognition of what we are doing, but what we have to continue to do to be Oklahoma’s healthcare leaders. If you look at the list, you see Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, OU Medical Center, all on the same list. It is humbling to be included and we are energized to tackle the ongoing important work of improving health for Oklahomans.”
“Oklahoma is proud to be home to one of the 100 great hospitals in America for 2020 with OU Medicine,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. “This recognition of excellence is well-deserved and demonstrates the commitment of OU Medicine and Oklahoma’s medical community to achieve a Top Ten healthcare system in the delivery of services, research and innovation.”
OU Medical Center serves as the only level 1 trauma center in Oklahoma and features the state’s most experienced transplant team, which has a combined 50 years of experience. The medical center is building a new 450,000-square-foot patient tower slated for completion this year, which will add 144 beds and 32 new operating rooms. U.S. News & World Report recognized OU Medical Center as No. 1 in both Oklahoma City and the state for 2019-20.
“This is a tremendous national validation of the years of hard work and exemplary achievement by our team,” said Kris Gose, R.N., MBA, president of OU Medical Center. “Patients come here for essential healthcare services that are not offered anywhere else in the state and it is the reason medical students come here to train. This recognition is true validation of our values and our goals.”
Becker’s Hospital Review selected the hospitals for inclusion on its list of 100 Great Hospitals in America based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health Top Hospitals. Becker’s also sought nominations for this list.
“Receiving this type of recognition is even more valued as our physicians and staff have worked so hard on the frontlines during the current pandemic,” said David Teague, MD, OU Physicians Director of Adult Services, Perioperative Surgical Director of OU Medical Center and Department Chair of Orthopedics. “Saving lives and protecting our patients, team and colleagues is what drives us every day. Knowing that a national thought leader like Becker’s recognizes our work, leadership and sacrifices energizes us to continue moving forward on our journey of excellence.”
OU Medicine is the No. 1 ranked hospital system in Oklahoma, and its oncology program at Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medical Center ranked in the Top 50 in the nation, in the 2019-2020 rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. OU Medical Center is the only comprehensive academic hospital in the state, offering the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region. Serving as Oklahoma’s only Level I trauma center, the hospital is a multi-state resource for every aspect of injury prevention and treatment. OU Medical Center offers the highest level of care for stroke patients, providing unmatched neurology and neurosurgery services, and is home to Oklahoma’s most experienced organ transplant team. Working alongside Stephenson Cancer Center, the hospital has the state’s only comprehensive bone marrow transplant center and more radiation therapy options than any hospital in Oklahoma. From advanced cardiac care to orthopedic services and more, OU Medical Center patients benefit from healthcare based on the latest research and advances in medicine. For more information, visit