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U.S. News & World Report Names St. Luke’s the Top Hospital in Idaho

St. Luke's Heart Cardiologist Dr. Marcos Dacarett assisted by Kelly Gilchrest, an electrophysiology technician, perform a heart procedure at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center earlier this year.
July 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. – July 15, 2014 – St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers were named the top hospitals in Idaho by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

St. Luke’s shared the top spot this year with Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur D’ Alene. 

St. Luke’s is also listed as high performing in gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics, and pulmonology.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by U.S. News and to share the recognition with Kootenai Medical Center,” said St. Luke’s Health System President and CEO Dr. David C. Pate. “National rankings are a validation of St. Luke’s continued efforts to improve the quality and safety of our care while delivering on our mission to improve the health of people in our region.”

The U.S. News ranking follows an April announcement from Truven Health Analytics™ naming St. Luke’s Health System as a Top 15 Health System in the nation.

“Achieving these recognitions wouldn’t be possible without the commitment and dedication of St. Luke’s employees across the region,” Pate said. “While this is a time to celebrate, it’s also a time to further commit ourselves to continuing our efforts to become a national leader in health care quality.”

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

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 extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures, such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels, and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

About St. Luke’s Health System

St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s only locally-controlled not-for-profit health care system employing more than 12,000 people. Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s now has seven hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Jerome, Ketchum, McCall and Mountain Home, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho, and eastern Oregon.  With a mission “to improve the health of people in our region,” St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit