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Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Eleven Programs at Clarian Health Rank Among Top in Nation

Clarian's Methodist and IU Hospitals only local hospitals in the rankings

July 16, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eleven clinical programs at Clarian Health ranked among the top 50 national programs in U.S.News & World Report's "2008 America's Best Hospitals Guide." Clarian's Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Hospital were the only Central Indiana hospitals included in the rankings and are among only 170 hospitals recognized out of the 5,453 evaluated nationwide.

Programs at the Clarian hospitals, a partner of the Indiana University School of Medicine, ranked in 11 out of 16 specialties included in the July 23 issue, up from ten rankings last year. U.S. News has annually ranked America's medical centers for 19 years "to help patients find the best hospital when the need is great." The complete guide and rankings can be found by visiting

The Clarian recognized programs and their numerical rankings are:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders 13th
  • Urology 16th
  • Orthopedics 18th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery 24th
  • Geriatric Care 25th
  • Ear, Nose and Throat 27th
  • Respiratory Disorders 29th
  • Kidney Disease 33rd
  • Cancer 34th
  • Heart and Heart Surgery 40th
  • Endocrinology 44th

"We are honored to be listed alongside the top hospitals in the country." said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and CEO of Clarian Health. "I'm extremely proud of the hard work by all our staff and physicians at Clarian and the IU School of Medicine to improve the health of our patients and our community. It's their daily dedication to quality patient care that puts us in the national spotlight, and underscores our designation as a preeminent health care system."

"These rankings once again demonstrate the dedication to quality care and service by the Clarian Health and School of Medicine physicians and faculty, caregivers and staff. I commend all those who make this partnership a successful contributor to the health of Hoosiers and to our life sciences initiative," said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and IU vice president for life sciences.

Board-certified specialists from across the country rank hospitals based on reputation, a mortality index, advanced technology capabilities, credentialing by professional bodies, and nursing care. Hospitals must also meet one of three requirements for eligibility for ranking: affiliation with a medical school, membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals or having a minimum of at least six of 13 advanced technologies available.

About Clarian Health

Clarian Health is an Indiana-based, private, non-profit organization, offering a broad base of tertiary services, specialized pediatric care provided by Riley Hospital for Children and a Level 1 Trauma Center. Clarian is Indiana's largest, most comprehensive health center and is one of the busiest hospital systems in the nation. Clarian employs nearly 13,000 employees and owns or is affiliated with 16 hospitals and health centers throughout Indiana, including five in greater Indianapolis: Methodist and Indiana University hospitals, Riley Hospital for Children, Clarian West Medical Center and Clarian North Medical Center. Clarian's mission is to improve the health of patients and the community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research and service. To fulfill its mission, Clarian uses the combined resources of its institutions and partnering organizations and its strong affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine, which is the nation's second largest medical center and a national leader in medical education and research. Clarian Health operates the Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital campuses as a single hospital under Indiana law.

The IU School of Medicine, the second-largest medical school in the nation, is dedicated to advancing health in the State of Indiana and beyond by promoting innovation and excellence in education, research and patient care.