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U.S. News & World Report Names Buffalo General Medical Center High Performer in Orthopedics

Updated: 7/17/2014

Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) has been named by U.S. News & World Report 2014-2015 as a high performer in orthopedics. It is the only hospital in the Buffalo area to receive orthopedic recognition.

“We are extremely proud of the entire orthopedic team,” said Cheryl Klass, senior vice president, operations, Kaleida Health and president, BGMC. "From our talented surgeons and their dedicated operating room teams to the specialized, compassionate nurses at the bedside, our orthopedic team is committed to providing the highest quality services to our patients, many of whom come to us needing very complex care. This tremendous recognition is proof that their commitment is recognized, and deservedly so.” 

According to U.S. News & World Report, “a high performing hospital had to have a score that placed it in the top 25 percent of eligible facilities in at least one specialty, using the same methodology that identifies nationally ranked Best Hospitals. In four other specialties, in which rank is based on a reputational survey of physician specialists, a hospital had to be named by an average of three percent or more of responding physicians over the latest three years of surveys.” 

“I am very pleased to learn of this recognition of orthopedics at BGMC,” said Kenneth Krackow, MD, chief of service, orthopedics at BGMC. “Many orthopedic surgeons visit our facility to learn from our staff about new techniques and to simply stay current on what is cutting edge in orthopedics. I am certain that my staff is very proud to be so selected.” 

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating patients who need an especially high level of care. 

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 extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. 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, NC. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings. 

The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.