CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Named Arkansas' No. 1 Hospital

LITTLE ROCK, AR (New Release)  – CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is ranked the number one hospital in Arkansas for the second year in a row and ranked high performing in five specialties by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Hospitals Rankings.  For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is recognized as the number one top-performing hospital in the entire State of Arkansas and high performing in geriatrics, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopaedics, and urology – the highest number of specialties for hospitals ranked in Arkansas.  The number two ranked hospital in the state trails CHI St. Vincent with one high performing specialty.

“I would like to personally thank the co-workers, physicians, volunteers, and fiduciary board members at CHI St. Vincent for always putting the patient first.  This prestigious recognition, for the second year in a row, is a direct result of our entire CHI St. Vincent community’s tireless dedication and commitment,” said Peter D. Banko, President & CEO of CHI St. Vincent.  “U.S. News & World Report is a household name and they are the gold standard for helping consumers make major decisions in their life such as finding the right college for their child and choosing the best hospital for their loved one.”

CHI St. Vincent has made significant investments in several major services over the last five years and that focus is reflected in the rankings.
In geriatrics, The Longevity Center at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary, designed to care for the needs of baby boomers and their parents, was the first in Arkansas to provide a Memory Center to diagnose and treat memory loss.  The geriatricians at The Longevity Center work with social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, psychologists, and specialists in many other disciplines to develop a personalized plan for better health.

In neurosurgery, the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary is a global leader and destination for research, training and patient care.  ANI neurosurgeons are experts in cranial neurosurgery, rare tumors, and aneurysm treatment having treated patients from 35 states and trained neurosurgeons from 34 different countries.

In orthopaedics, the Orthopaedic Institute at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has a strong partnership with Arkansas Specialty Orthopaedics, the largest all fellowship trained group in the state.  We are the leader in joint replacement and spine surgery, a major player in sports performance (through a partnership with D1) and sports training, and the provider of outpatient orthopaedic surgery in a brand new surgery center at ASOC.

In urology, we have had a long standing relationship with the largest urology group in the state, Arkansas Urology, having developed the Urology Center at St. Vincent pioneering many new treatments and procedures.

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,” says 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 determined 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 at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

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