Indiana University

Named to "Best Hospitals Honor Roll"

Posted by admin on July 5, 2012

The Indiana University Health academic health center (AHC) has been named to the U.S. News & World Report 2012-2013 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. This is the magazine’s highest national distinction, reserved for the (approximately 20) top medical centers in the nation. The IU Health academic health center, ranked number 16, is the only Indiana system to be included on the Honor Roll.

“We are honored and humbled to be held in such high esteem by our national medical peers,” says IU Health President and CEO Dan Evans. “This is a big day for the 26,000 IU Health employees that contribute to our success, day in and day out. We are proud to offer the people of Indiana nationally recognized care in their own backyard, and particularly in such a rapidly changing healthcare environment.”

The Honor Roll recognizes medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties, scoring at or near the top in at least six of 16 specialties. Inclusion on this prestigious list places IU Health in company with such highly esteemed healthcare institutions as Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Duke Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic.

“This significant milestone on our journey to preeminence would not be possible without the persistent hard work, unwavering dedication and tremendous talent of our physicians, nurses and staff, who strive every day to provide safe, preeminent care to every patient,” says Evans. “It is a tremendous honor for everyone associated with IU Health—those who deliver exemplary patient care, those who conduct research and develop innovative new treatments, those who educate tomorrow’s healthcare professionals and all those working ‘behind the scenes’ in numerous other capacities.”

Inclusion on the Honor Roll is another point of assurance for patients and families that Indiana University Health is indeed the right place for them to receive healthcare.  

Adult specialty program rankings
Eleven IU Health adult specialty programs—three more than last year—are included in this year’s Best Hospitals rankings, and IU Health is ranked number 1 for both the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Although this is the first year the IU Health AHC has made the Honor Roll, it is the 15th consecutive year it has been included in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

U.S. News & World Report Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow says these rankings help steer patients to hospitals that “are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care. They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”  

Scroll down to view a chart showing the organization’s current rankings alongside last year’s. 

You can read more about the rankings and methodology at

Pediatric specialties also ranked among the nation’s best 
Earlier this summer, U.S. News & World Report announced its 2012-2013 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, in which Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties. You can read more about this in the June 18 issue of IU Health Matters or online at

Visit U.S. News & World Report online.


U.S. News & World Report, Best Hospitals 2012-2013

Clinical Specialty Rankings, Year-to-Year Comparison 


2012-2013 Ranking

2011-2012 Ranking

Change vs. Prior Year



Ranked (vs. 2011 ‘high performing’ but unranked)



Ranked (vs. 2011 ‘high performing’ but unranked)




+29 increase




+2 increase




+5 increase




+12 increase



Ranked (vs. 2011 ‘high performing’ but unranked)




+10 increase




+4 increase




+26 increase




+6 increase