UMC Ranks Among U.S. News and World Report's 'Best Hospitals'
University Medical Center is among the nation's best hospitals in nine areas of specialty medical care, according to U.S News and World Report's 15th annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals."
The 2004 hospital guide appears in the July 12 edition of U.S. News, which hits newsstands July 5, and on the magazine's website, www.USNews.com. In it UMC is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the United States in the following medical specialties:
Cancer (ranked 20th in the nation)
- Heart and Heart Surgery (22nd)
- Neurology and Neurosurgery (22nd )
- Respiratory Disorders (26th)
- Geriatrics (31st)
- Ear, Nose and Throat (34th)
- Orthopaedics (35th)
- Kidney Disease (46th)
- Gynecology (48th)
The standards for ranking in "Best Hospitals" are rigorous, according to U.S. News. Of the 6,012 medical centers in the United States (military and veterans hospitals are not included) only 177 were ranked in even one of the 17 medical specialties measured by the magazine.
The "Best Doctors" methodology was devised in 1993 by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which has carried out and refined the analysis ever since. The methodology factors in mortality statistics, hospital volume, nursing proficiency, availability of key technologies, reputation and other measures adjusted for each specialty.
"University Medical Center receives this recognition because of the people who strive to make a difference -- the physicians, scientists, the nurses, the staff; everyone believes in doing their utmost to better the lives of people living in the Southwest," said Greg Pivirotto, UMC President and CEO.
Only three other Arizona hospitals, all in greater Phoenix, made the 2004 "Best Hospitals" list. They ranked in one medical specialty each.
UMC opened in 1971 and is the primary teaching hospital of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UMC also is affiliated with Centers of Excellence at the Arizona Health Sciences Center including the Arizona Cancer Center, the UA Sarver Heart Center, the Arizona Respiratory Center and the UA National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, among others. UMC's website is www.azumc.com