HOUSTON (July 23, 2008)

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 176 hospitals of more than 5,100 U.S. hospitals meet the rigorous criteria required to be recognized as a "Top 50 hospital" in key medical/surgical specialties. For the 19th consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann makes a top placement in the ranking, holding at number four in the rehabilitation category. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center ranked 39 in urology. The rankings are published in U.S. News & World Report's July 21 issue.

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.

"We're proud to have TIRR Memorial Hermann represented for the 19th consecutive year on the U.S. News & World Report listing. TIRR is internationally recognized for innovative research and treatments of catastrophic injuries or illnesses. The distinction is a credit to the outstanding physicians and employees associated with TIRR Memorial Hermann," said CEO Carl Josehart.

"Earning this national recognition for our urology program and distinguished medical staff highlights the expertise Memorial Hermann provides and demonstrates why this hospital is at the forefront of medical breakthroughs every day," said Juanita Romans, CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "Through our partnership with our physicians and our affiliation with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, patients can benefit from the latest breakthroughs in research and treatments offered by leading physicians.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is home to the Vanguard Urologic Institute, headed by world-renowned urologist and researcher Dr. Kevin Slawin. Dr. Slawin, professor in the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is a leader in prostate cancer research. He and his colleagues offer the latest in minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic surgical options at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.