St. Charles-Bend rated Oregon's third-best hospital

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 specialties

BEND, Ore. - St. Charles-Bend is ranked as the third-best hospital in Oregon for 2013-14 by U.S. News & World Report, the hospital reported Friday.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

St. Charles-Bend actually tied for third in the Oregon rankings, behind OHSU and Legacy Good Samaritan, both in Portland, and tied with Providence Portland Medical Center. See the full Top 10 ranking among Oregon's 67 hospitals and a search index for the rest at

"We have an incredible team of caregivers who make it possible to deliver the highest quality of care to the communities we serve," said Jay Henry, St. Charles Bend CEO. "I'm proud of the work we are doing here every day to exceed the high expectations of our patients."

St. Charles Bend performed nearly at the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals in seven adult specialties, including:

  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

The hospital also scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation's top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

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 added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the 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 have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands Aug. 27.

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