U.S. News and World Report recognizes IU Simon Cancer Center


INDIANAPOLIS -- (Aug. 4, 2008) – One cancer program in Indiana has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals.

Cancer clinical care programs at Clarian Health, including those at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, ranked #34 in the magazine's "2008 America's Best Hospitals" guide. The IU Simon Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Indiana ranked in the guide.

The guide is accessible online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.

Overall, 11 clinical programs at Clarian Health ranked among the top 50 national programs, according to the guide. Clarian's Methodist Hospital and Indiana University Hospital were the only Central Indiana hospitals included in the rankings and are among only 170 hospitals recognized out of the 5,453 evaluated nationwide.

"These rankings once again demonstrate the dedication to quality care and service by the Clarian Health and School of Medicine physicians and faculty, caregivers and staff. I commend all those who make this partnership a successful contributor to the health of Hoosiers and to our life sciences initiative," D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine and IU vice president for life sciences, said.

Board-certified specialists from across the country rank hospitals based on reputation, a mortality index, advanced technology capabilities, credentialing by professional bodies, and nursing care. Hospitals must also meet one of three requirements for eligibility for ranking: affiliation with a medical school, membership in the Council of Teaching Hospitals or having a minimum of at least six of 13 advanced technologies available.