The magazine’s hospital rankings, now in their 24th year, evaluate about 5,000 facilities to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, and urology.
The 2013-2014 rankings consider factors such as death rates, patient safety, nurse staffing levels and hospital reputation. U.S. News also features an “honor roll’’ of 18 U.S. hospitals that scored near the top in at least six specialties. None of the Georgia hospitals made that list.
Missing from the “Best Hospitals” rankings is information about the costs of the hospitals’ procedures.
Any hospital that’s nationally ranked in even one specialty is listed above others that are called ‘‘high-performing’’ in multiple specialties but not nationally ranked in any.
Three Georgia hospitals earned national rankings: Emory University Hospital in Atlanta; the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon; and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Just 19 Georgia hospitals are ranked by the magazine because they are considered “high-performing’’ in at least one adult specialty.