For the 15th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has designated Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven categories in its 2007 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue.

Baylor Dallas is ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in seven of 16 specialty areas: digestive disorders (ranked 31st); endocrinology (31st); gynecology (28th); kidney disease (29th); orthopedics (23rd); respiratory disorders (33rd); and urology (44th).

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (Baylor Rehab) is ranked 15th among the nation’s top rehabilitation facilities, increasing Baylor’s recognition in the issue to eight.

Baylor Dallas and Baylor Rehab are two of 173 hospitals nationally to be ranked in the magazine’s 18th annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, to be released July 16.

“Recognition for 15 consecutive years speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of the medical staff and nurses to provide quality care for all of our patients,” said Irving Prengler, M.D., vice president of medical staff affairs at Baylor Dallas. “And it complements our excellent national quality measures, such as our CMS core measures.”

Core measures are evidence-based standards of care established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of which Baylor Dallas has exceeded national and statewide averages.

Baylor Rehab has been recognized in the Rehabilitation category for 10 years.

“The rehabilitation category is based on a hospital’s reputation for providing quality patient care. The Baylor Rehab team is passionate about restoring their patients to full productive lives and we are honored to be recognized,” said Baylor Rehab president Jon Skinner.

U.S.News & World Report ranks hospitals in 16 specialties based on surveys of board-certified physicians in each specialty area. Each specialist surveyed names five hospitals in his/her area of specialty that he or she considers the best, regardless of location or expense. In 12 of the categories, other quality indicators such as mortality statistics, available technology, procedure volume and nursing care are considered with the reputation ratings.

Last year, Baylor University Medical Center treated nearly 40,000 inpatients and more than 250,000 outpatients. The 998-bed hospital is a level I trauma center with 1,300 physicians on the medical staff, nearly 200 medical residents and fellows, and 5,225 employees. About 600 clinical research trials are under way at Baylor Research Institute.