US News & World Report: JCMC high performer in 11 specialties


Hospital ranked No. 4 in Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC), the flagship hospital of Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals 2012 as a high performer in 11 different specialties. JCMC was the highest-ranking hospital in the Northeast Tennessee region and No. 4 statewide, behind Vanderbilt University Medical CenterUniversity of Tennessee Medical Center and Methodist Hospitals of Memphis.

JCMC was recognized by US News as a high performer in the following specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Urology
  • Geriatrics
  • Gastroenterology
  • Nephrology

JCMC was the only hospital in the region to be recognized as a high performer in cardiology/heart surgery, cancer care and neurology/neurosurgery.

“At MSHA, part of our vision is to create a world-class healthcare system, and JCMC, as our major tertiary referral center, is a key part of our strategy for achieving that goal,” said David Nicely, CEO of MSHA’s Washington County, Tenn. facilities. “We define ‘world class’ as performance in the top 10 percent for any data set, which is a lofty goal, considering the caliber of hospitals that make up the top 10 percent nationwide.

“In order to evaluate our own performance, we constantly exchange clinical quality data with other leading hospitals across the country to see how we measure up and where we can make improvements. US News and World report has used some of that same data in their report, and we are honored to be recognized alongside some of the finest hospitals in the nation.”

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. Complete rankings and methodology are available at

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit

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