COLUMBIA, Mo. -

Boone Hospital Center in Columbia has earned a top ranking in the state of Missouri by U.S. News and World Report.

Boone Hospital was recognized for 8 specialties, including  cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, orthopedics pulmonology, and urology.

The hospital was rated as the area's highest category of recommending a hospital to family and friends, and the only one in Mid-Missouri to be recognized as high-performing in cardiology, geriatrics, and gynecology.