Lahey Clinic Jumps Three to a Fourth Place Boston Metro Area Ranking in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012 Best Hospitals Survey

For Immediate Release:
July 19, 2011

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Lahey Clinic Jumps Three to a Fourth Place Boston Metro Area Ranking in
U.S. News & World Report's 2011-2012 Best Hospitals Survey

Magazine also ranked Lahey Clinic’s urology, gastroenterology, and diabetes and endocrinology departments among the best in America 


Burlington, Mass. – July, 19, 2011 – Lahey Clinic has been ranked fourth in the Boston-area in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals metro area rankings, released online this morning at The Clinic moved up three positions in the rankings as compared to last year’s results. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.

The magazine also honored Lahey Clinic as the 22nd best hospital in the United States for urology care, and the 34th best hospital for both gastroenterology and diabetes & endocrinology. This is the 14th time in the past 19 years that Lahey Clinic’s urology care has been recognized as among the best in the country. Last year Lahey’s urology department was ranked 27th.

US News also ranked Lahey Clinic as “high performing” in nine of 16 medical specialties. They include: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, ear, nose & throat, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopaedics and pulmonology.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

About Lahey Clinic

Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. Lahey Clinic nurses also earned Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a recognition only achieved by five percent of American hospitals. For more information please visit our website at