U.S. News & World Report ranks OHSU Hospital No. 1 in Portland, statewide

07/17/12  Portland, Ore.

“Hard measures” with a direct link to the quality of patient care make up nearly 70 percent of a hospital’s score

Oregon Health & Science University Hospital ranks No. 1 in the Portland metro area as well as statewide, according to U.S. News Best Hospitals 2012-13. The metro area includes Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton, Ore., and Vancouver, Wash., the news magazine reports.

OHSU’s Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery — or its Ear Nose & Throat specialty — ranks 32nd nationally. Fewer than 150 hospitals out of the 5,000 evaluated performed well enough to rank nationally in at least one specialty.

Eleven of OHSU Hospital’s adult specialties were ranked “high-performing”:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

While reputation continues to play an important role in the rankings, clinical data such as patient outcomes and processes of care have become central, the editors report. The hospital rankings “help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.”

In addition to adult specialty rankings, U.S. News ranks children’s hospitals, and last month they announced OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital ranks among the nation’s top 50 children’s hospitals in six specialties for 2012-13.

To learn more about OHSU’s nationally ranked specialties visit:

Read the complete rankings and methodology.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health and research university. As Portland's largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of Oregon and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.