La Crosse’s two major medical centers are ranked in the top 15 of Wisconsin out of 152 hospitals statewide on U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospitals list.

Gundersen Health System is 11th on the list, released Tuesday, while Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare is No. 14. They also are tabbed as the top two out of 16 hospitals in southwest Wisconsin.

The highest-ranked hospital in the state is the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, while Mayo-Eau Claire is sixth.

Mayo-Franciscan’s mother ship — Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. — was judged as the best hospital out of nearly 4,750 analyzed in the country, according to the 25th annual rankings, which are based on 16 specialties.

Hospitals in the top 25 percent in adult specialty departments also are labeled “high performing.”

Gundersen received that designation for its gynecology and urology services, while Mayo-Franciscan was lauded for its urology services.

Michael Richards, Gundersen’s executive director of external affairs, said, “At Gundersen, we strive to provide the best care for every patient and to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

“Whether it is a U.S. News and World Report ranking today or a Healthgrades top hospital ranking tomorrow, we strive every day to be the best for our patients.”

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Dr. Tim Johnson, president and CEO of Mayo-Franciscan, said, “Our staff focuses on providing expert care for the whole person. We continue to be diligent when reviewing processes that improve clinical quality and patient safety.”

Mayo in Rochester, which moved up from No. 3 nationally last year to top the list for the first time, logged more No. 1 rankings for the 16 specialties than any other provider in the country, according to U.S. News.

More than 9,500 physicians were surveyed to arrive at the rankings, which included factors such as death rates, patient safety and hospital reputation.

Twelve of the specialties are judged on data, including cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. The other four, based on reputation, are ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology.

The magazine’s website noted that the findings, available at http://health.usnews.com/, don’t necessarily mean that a hospital is the best choice for individual care.

“Each specialty ranking evaluates hospitals according to their performance across a wide range of conditions and procedures,” the website cautioned. “In pulmonology, for example, one hospital might rank lower than another overall but do much better in treating a particular condition, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

The results should be viewed as a starting point, but patients should consult their physicians for the best options in each case, it advised.

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that's *hemorrhaged* not *hemoroughed * - bad automatic spell-check change


DELUDED people will believe Tim Johnson CEO - staff DID NOT provide "expert care" for MY "whole person" - they tossed me out not caring if I lived or died. I was on Warfarin (rat poison) for Pulmonary Emboli and had NO ONE to monitor clotting level - could easily have hemoroughed inside - Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, WI and Administration DID NOT CARE!!! They ALSO did not care about my "spirituality" - which IS a part of the "whole person". "Teamwork" did NOT exist. Yes - many employees are good but MANY are not - especially Administration - Tim Johnson CEO, Joe Kruse CAO, et al.


I saw that Mayo was number one yesterday in the news feeds and I wondered if the paper would do a side by side comparison of the two systems in our area today. Anyone new to this area would have to be blind to not see the competition between the two for the sake of business. It is still to bad they both cannot work together in ways that would make cost more affordable and more user friendly. Greed is greed.


I am from La Crosse and use Mayo but I was quickly referred to Rochester for vascular and cardio. My double-up multi surgeries start Monday. These are more specialized. In 1988 I was also sent there for specialized arm surgery.


I hear Mayo is providing speciality services and doctors from Rochester all the time in town all the time. That would mean La Crosse has the Best care in the US? Nice!

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