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U.S. News & World Report Names Buffalo General Medical Center #1 Hospital in Buffalo for Fourth Consecutive Year

Updated: 7/27/2021

Buffalo General Medical Center has once again been recognized as a Best Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report. The Kaleida Health facility ranked 1st in the Buffalo Metro Area and 17th in New York State for the annual Best Hospitals ranking. The annual rankings and ratings, now in their 32nd year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions and common elective procedures.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Buffalo General Medical Center earned the top spot in the Buffalo Metro Area.

“We are extremely proud of the entire Buffalo General Medical Center team,” said Chris Lane, president of Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. "From our talented surgeons and their dedicated operating room teams to the specialized, compassionate nurses at the bedside, everyone at Buffalo General Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and the newest technologies and procedures for our patients, many of whom come to us needing very complex care.”

Buffalo General Medical Center also earned high performing ratings for the following 14 procedures and conditions, more than in any other year, in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Hip Replacement
  • Kidney Failure
  • Knee Replacement
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

For the 2021-22 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 15 specialties and 17 procedures and conditions. In the 15 specialty areas, 175 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“This year’s expanded report from U.S. News includes new ratings for important procedures and conditions to help each patient pick the right hospital for the type of care they need,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Hospitals faced incredible challenges this past year, and the best of them have provided great care throughout the pandemic and continue to offer excellent care today.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

For more information, visit the Best Hospitals website and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.