St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck is ranked the best hospital in North Dakota for 2013-14 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. Alexius was recognized as being high-performing in: cancer, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, and pulmonology.
St. Alexius President and CEO, Gary P. Miller, said, “This is not the first time St. Alexius has been recognized from U.S. News & World Report or other ranking agencies. St. Alexius has a 128 plus year commitment to provide a great place of healing for people in Western and Central North Dakota. The excellence of our physicians and the commitment of our associates to our mission will continue to earn St Alexius Medical Center national recognition for care provided. I truly appreciate all the work that goes into earning such recognition!”
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.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just three percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
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 rankings have been published at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals  and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.