HOUSTON (July 15, 2010)

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 152 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.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center was newly recognized in the areas of Heart and Heart Surgery and Gynecology. The hospital continues to place in the areas of Urology and Kidney Disease, moving up in both specialty areas. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center ranked 46 in Heart and Heart Surgery, 38 in Gynecology, 30 in Kidney Disorders and 48 in Urology.

For the 21st consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann ranks within the top five rehabilitation hospitals across the country. The rankings are published in U.S. News & World Report's July 21 issue.

"Through its affiliation with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Memorial Hermann-TMC gives patients access to more than 800 academic physicians representing more than 80 specialties. Leaders in their field, our physicians offer patients the latest treatments available for a wide range of disorders and contribute to Memorial Hermann's success in many disciplines including rehabilitation, urology, kidney disorders, gynecology, heart and heart surgery," says Giuseppe Colasurdo, MD, dean of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston 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.

"We are so pleased to be recognized by U.S.News & World Report in its prestigious annual listing of the nation's top hospitals," says Juanita Romans, CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. "I am proud of everyone's efforts to help us achieve our rankings. Our recognition across such a broad range of specialties speaks to the talent and innovation of our entire team of employees and affiliated physicians and our academic partners at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston."

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is home to the Memorial Hermann Heart & 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.