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Indiana University Health joins 16 other medical institutions, including Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins Hospital, on an honor roll of the top hospitals in the country.

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 23rd annual Best Hospitals ranking. At No. 16 on the Honor Roll, which recognizes the best of the best, is Indiana University Health. Indiana University Health LaPorte and Starke hospitals are part of that system.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked IU Health No. 1 in the state.

G. Thor Thordarson, CEO of IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals, was excited to hear the news.

"This is a great achievement, and we are very proud to be honored with the likes of Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins and the other Hospitals on the Honor Roll," he said. "It means a great deal to Indiana University Health La Porte and Starke hospitals to be a part of such a top tier system."

In 1998, IU Health La Porte Hospital, then La Porte Hospital, was the first hospital outside of the Indianapolis area to join with IU Health, then Clarian Health Partners, he said.

"This partnership not only provides our system with direct access to the advanced education and research at the IU School of Medicine, but also aligns our promise of assurance to our patients that they have made the right choice in choosing IU Health for their care, whether in Indianapolis, Starke, La Porte or anywhere else in the state," he said.

In all, 11 IU Health clinical programs were cited among the top specialty programs in the country.

The magazine also ranked Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as the No. 1 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hospital in the country. The RIC has partnerships with local Franciscan Alliance properties.

U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and reviewed data for almost 5,000 hospitals. Complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

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