Baptist Health Paducah ranks 6 in Kentucky in 2019-20

July 30, 2019

For the first time, Baptist Health Paducah has been ranked sixth in Kentucky in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking.

For the first time, Baptist Health Paducah has been ranked sixth in Kentucky in the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals ranking.  


In addition, the hospital is listed as “Recognized in the Jackson Purchase.”


“We are thrilled to have received the honor of Kentucky’s sixth best hospital,” said Chris Roty, Baptist Health Paducah president. “It’s a true testament to the level of commitment provided by our hospital, and we are proud to lead the region in providing the highest quality healthcare that allows our patients to stay close to home instead of having to travel great distances.”


Baptist Health as a system had three hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Kentucky as Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Louisville tied for third.


This is also only the second time that a Kentucky health system has had three hospitals recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the same year.  


“At Baptist Health, our physicians, nurses and staff are centered on providing high quality patient care every day. U.S. News & World Report rankings underscore that excellence and confirm that we’re living out our mission of leading in clinical excellence, compassionate care and growth to meet the healthcare needs of our communities,” said Gerard Colman, Baptist Health CEO.


Other Baptist Health hospitals also were recognized. Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, Indiana – and Baptist Health-managed Hardin Memorial Health in Elizabethtown, Kentucky – each rated as high performing in heart failure and COPD.


Baptist Health Paducah was rated as high performing in aortic valve surgery, heart failure and COPD.


Baptist Health Louisville also earned high performing ratings in seven areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD and knee replacement.

Baptist Health Lexington was judged as “high performing” in seven of nine adult procedures and conditions rated in the U.S. News report: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, COPD, colon cancer surgery, hip replacement, and lung cancer surgery.


Only 10 to 21% of hospitals nationally received a high performing rating in the selected adult conditions and procedures.


Rounding out this year’s list for Kentucky: University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital in the #1 spot and St. Elizabeth Edgewood/Covington in at #2. Norton Hospital was fifth.


The rankings, now in their 30th year, recognize hospitals that excel in caring for patients and are designed to assist patients and their doctors in identifying a hospital that best meets their needs. More than 4,500 medical centers nationwide were evaluated.


“For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties.”


Objective measures such as risk-adjusted patient survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators were used to arrive at the rankings.


Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.


For more information about the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September.


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