Lehigh Valley hospitals ranked best, high performing in Pennsylvania

These are the best hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report

These are the best hospitals in Massachusetts, according to the 2019-20 U.S. News & World Report

According to Cleveland Clinic, the hospital has ranked in the top five more 21 consecutive years.

St. Luke's University Hospital was ranked high performing in the specialties of geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology and all nine procedures - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, abdominal aortic aneurysm fix, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery and lung cancer surgery.

Morristown Medical Center President Trish O'Keefe said the honor reflects the efforts of those at the hospital and throughout the Atlantic Health system. "This year we revised the methodology to incorporate new measures of patient-centered care and to enhance how we account for differences in hospitals' patient populations".

Hospitals are ranked in 16 specialty areas.

No. 5 Jersey Shore University was ranked in orthopedics (No. 39).

In recognition of the country's most elite facilities, U.S. News issues an honor roll annually for those 20 facilities "with unusual competence across a range of adult specialties, procedures and conditions".

Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News, said the rankings are meant to help consumers. A hospital was ranked regionally based on its performance in delivering complex and common care, U.S. News says. "By providing the most comprehensive data available on almost 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".

St. Luke's was the only of those three other Iowa hospitals to earn a "high performing" mark - in pulmonology and lung surgery.