Washington, D.C. -- St. Elizabeth Health Center and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center have been ranked as two of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in the Youngstown-Warre-Boardman metro area by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
St. Elizabeth Health Center is ranked No. 24 in Ohio. The hospital is listed as high-performing in five specialties: geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology.
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center is ranked No. 30 in Ohio and is recognized as high-performing in pulmonology.
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.