HOUSTON (July 19, 2011)

Memorial Hermann Heart and Heart Surgery, Kidney Disorders and Rehabilitation Programs Named Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World ReportMemorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center moves from 46 to 38 in nation for heart and heart surgery; TIRR Memorial Hermann is named one of leading rehabilitation hospitals in the Nation.Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann have earned distinction as two of the nation's top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" issue.

Just 140 hospitals of approximately 5,000 U.S. hospitals meet the rigorous criteria required to be nationally ranked in one or more key medical/surgical specialties.Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) continues to be recognized in the areas of Heart and Heart Surgery, Nephrology (kidney disorders) and Rehabilitation programs. Moving up this year, Memorial Hermann-TMC ranks 38 in Heart and Heart Surgery (46 in 2010) and ranks 30 in Kidney Disorders.

For the 22nd consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann ranks within the top five rehabilitation hospitals across the country, moving up to the top four this year. The rankings are published in U.S. News & World Report's August 30 issue.

"Through its affiliation with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann gives patients access to more than 1,000 academically-affiliated physicians covering more than 80 specialties. Our faculty members are nationally-recognized leaders in their fields and provide the highest quality of care for a wide range of diseases and conditions-contributing to Memorial Hermann's strength in areas such as trauma and rehabilitation, women's and children's services, neurology and neurosurgery and many other disciplines," says Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD, president ad interim of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), dean of the UTHealth Medical School and physician-in-chief for Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The magazine scores the quality of inpatient care based on each hospital's teaching status, advanced technological capabilities, patient volumes, reputation with physicians, mortality statistics, nursing proficiency and other measures relevant to each specialty.

"In the epicenter of groundbreaking medicine, it is a proud moment for our organization to be recognized as one of America's best hospitals," says Craig Cordola, CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "The rankings speak volumes about the high caliber of physicians, nurses and staff that work at our facility. Partnering with our distinguished colleagues at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, I believe we have taken quality, patient care to the highest level."

"The continued national recognition of TIRR Memorial Hermann as a leading rehabilitation hospital in the nation is further evidence of our commitment to ground-breaking research and patient care," added Cordola. "I'm proud of the distinguished reputation TIRR has maintained throughout its more than 50 years of service to this community."

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is home to the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute. The Institute has a dynamic team of affiliated cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeons and clinicians to coordinate the best treatment plans for patients.

The Institute offers innovative solutions in cardiovascular care, for improved outcomes and increased patient satisfaction.

Several Memorial Hermann hospitals were also recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "high-performing" in certain specialties, including: