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For release: July 15, 2014

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,

Akron General Ranks Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals
National Ranking for Pulmonology and Otolaryngology; Ranked 5th Best Hospital in Ohio, Best in Summit County

Once again, Akron General Medical Center has been named to the prestigious list of hospitals honored as the best in America by U.S. News and World Report in their annual listing of Best Hospitals 2014-15.   Akron General was nationally ranked in Pulmonology (40) and in Otolaryngology  (Ear, Nose & Throat – ENT) (45).  In addition, Akron General maintained its ranking as the 5th best hospital in Ohio.  Akron General also retains its claim as the best hospital in Summit County.

Consistently providing high-quality clinical care, Akron General was again honored by U.S. News and World Report as maintaining 10 “High-Performing” medical specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology.  Akron General’s designation as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence and its recent significant expenditures for the highest technologies in Neurosciences and Vascular Surgery help maintain Akron General’s area wide leadership in providing extraordinary clinical care.

“We are thrilled to receive this important designation from U.S. News in their impressive list of America’s Best Hospitals,” says Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Akron General Health System. “We are completely focused on our patients every hour of every day, dedicating our efforts to providing the highest quality care safely and compassionately. These rankings and our consistency in being listed among the very best reflect how our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and entire staff keep patients in the forefront of everything they do.  I am proud of everyone at Akron General who contributed in bringing us this major national distinction. They have my sincere gratitude for making Akron General the area leader in providing extraordinary healthcare.”

On the nationally ranked list, Akron General notched a gain from last year. Akron General improved this year with Pulmonary Care moving up to 40th on the list from 43rd last year. 

"The designation as being among the best in the nation for Pulmonary Care is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Akron General pulmonary team," says Timothy C. Murray, MD, Chief of Pulmonary Services at Akron General.  "We are pleased to have received this hard-earned national ranking."

Akron General also was nationally ranked among the best in otolaryngology.

"We are proud to be listed as among the best in the nation in the field of otolaryngology," says Bruce M. Sterman, MD, Chief of Otolaryngology at Akron General. "It is quite a distinction to make this prestigious national honor roll year after year."

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