CAMDEN, NJ — Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital has been recognized as one of the top hospitals in the region as part of the 2019-20 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

The Camden-based hospital, referred to under former name Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, came in at 11th-best in New Jersey and 13th-best in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It was the second branch of the Virtua healthcare system to appear, with Virtua Voorhees coming in at seventh overall in the state and ninth in the metro area.

Released earlier this week, this year's rankings mark the 30th annual survey compiled.

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“All Virtua hospitals strive to provide outstanding care that’s close to home,” said John Matsinger, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marlton-based Virtua. “The U.S. News rankings are confirmation that South Jersey residents can access top-notch care right in their own community at Virtua hospitals.”

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes also earned "high performing" designations in three specialties: treating COPD, treating heart failure, and performing heart bypass surgery.

As the other Camden hospital giant, Cooper University Health Care had two areas where it was labeled high performing. It did not factor into the state or regional rankings for best hospitals.

The U.S. News & World Report’s annual series of rankings are intended to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care.

The rankings — which compare nearly 5,000 medical centers across the country — are based primarily on objective measures, such as risk-adjusted survival and re-admission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing.

In addition to overall national, region, and state rankings, the best hospitals list for 2019-20 ranks facilities in 16 adult specialties:

  • cancer
  • cardiology and heart surgery
  • diabetes and endocrinology
  • ear, nose, and throat
  • gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery
  • geriatrics
  • gynecology
  • nephrology
  • neurology and neurosurgery
  • ophthalmology
  • orthopedics
  • pulmonology
  • psychiatry
  • rehabilitation
  • rheumatology
  • urology

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