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U.S.News & World Report

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center leads the region in the "America's Best Hospitals" rankings by U.S.News & World Report. Ten Ohio State medical specialties are recognized for excellence in the magazine, deemed one of the country's leading consumer guides to top-performing hospitals.

Among public universities, The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine ranked 14th in the country on the 2013 U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Graduate Schools" list. Overall, the College of Medicine remains ranked as one of the top-40 medical schools in the nation.

'Best Doctors in America'

On the national Best Doctors Inc.'s "Best Doctors in A​merica" list for 2010-2011, 87 percent were Ohio State faculty. A total of 483 out of 558 local physicians on the list practice either at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's hospitals, Nationwide Children's Hospital, or as faculty members at other facilities. In fact, 65 more Ohio State-affiliated doctors made the list than the year before.

Ohio State Among Top 10 in Nation for Quality Care

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of 10 academic medical centers in the nation delivering the highest quality of care based on results of a study commissioned by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). In recognition, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is the recipient of the 2011 UHC Quality Leadership Award. The award is given to academic medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care as measured by a Quality & Accountability Study, which UHC has commissioned annually since 2005. Ohio State ranked 9th nationwide in the 2011 survey.

Healthgrades Rankings

Healthgrades has rated 18 of our treatments the best among central Ohio hospitals​ based on a national survey of clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, patient safety and health conditions. This was more than any other local hospital. 

ANCC Magnet Recognition

​The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is proud to have the first hospital in central Ohio to achieve Magnet Recognition, one of the highest possible honors awarded for nursing excellence. Currently, Ohio State's Ross Heart Hospital and University Hospital are designated Magnet hospitals. 

To be awarded Magnet status, our hospitals went through an extensive review process and were found by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Recognition Program to meet rigorous standards of excellence in nursing and patient care.

Top Performer Recognition

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of only five U.S. academic medical centers recognized as a "Top Performer" by the University HealthSystem Consortium. The Consortium, an alliance of 97 academic medical centers and 153 of their affiliated hospitals, singled out Ohio State's Medical Center for delivering high-quality, safe, effective and equitable care to patients.

Nursing Professionals Top 100 Hospitals to Work

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is ranked among the top 100 hospitals to work for by Nursing Professionals magazine. The rankings were published in the Jan. 15, 2009 issue of Nursing Professionals.


Distinguished Hospital Award

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was honored as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades Report, an independent healthcare ratings company. Critical care, pulmonary, stroke and vascular are the specialties Ohio State is singled out for. HealthGrades evaluated hospitals based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' mortality and complication data.

HIMMS Stage 7 Award

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center​ has received the highest award from HIMSS Analytics, the research arm of the Health Information and Management Systems Society. This distinction is awarded to hospitals that have attained the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which is used to track electronic medical records (EMR) progress. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is the first hospital in Ohio and among only 86 of the more than 5,000 hospitals in the United States to achieve this advanced level of patient record service.

Our electronic system allows us to provide more efficient, effective and better coordinated care to our patients. Patient records are in a central, secure location where health providers can access to their patients’ current health information. The award represents the advanced use of technology to improve patient care and our goal of improving patient’s lives. ​

Ohio State Workplace Honors

Ohio State was named one of the nation's top employers by The Chronicle of Higher Education's inaugural 2008 "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. OSU was recognized as a Top 5 employer for compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leaders, health insurance, housing assistance and life insurance. Ohio State was also recognized by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption as one of America's Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2010. Ohio State was also named among "Best Places to Work in Academia" according to the October issue of The Scientist magazine.  Read more about these honors

Other Accolades and Achievements

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is proud of many more accolades and achievements, some of which include:

  • The 2 Ross team in the Ross Heart Hospital received the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2013, recognizing it as one of the best critical care units in the nation. This honor, sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, is presented for providing the highest quality outcomes and exceptional care to patients and their families.
  • The MICU in University Hospital also received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in 2012.
  • The 4 Ross Cardiac Surgery Unit in the Ross Heart Hospital received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in 2010 and 2011. 
  • The 8 Rhodes Progressive Care unit (8PCU) received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence in 2010.
  • The cancer program is one of only 40 in the country to be designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. In its 2010 and 2011 renewal review, Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center received the NCI's highest possible rating. View the full press release on the NCI's renewal review.
  • One of the first five U.S. medical centers approved by the FDA to use robotics for general surgery in July 2000, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center was also the first U.S. medical center approved by the FDA to use robotic surgery to perform heart bypass surgery.

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