TUCSON, Ariz. – University Medical Center in Tucson has been ranked nationally in cardiology and heart surgery and in geriatrics in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospital rankings. UMC also was rated “high performing” in 10 other medical specialties. Finally, the publication rated UMC the best hospital it its metro area.
UMC was the only Southern Arizona hospital to be ranked among the nation’s Best Hospitals.
UMC was among 140 facilities – fewer than 3 percent of the 4,825 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings – to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties. U.S. News has published the annual rankings for the past 22 years; the rankings, which were published today, are available at www.usnews.com/besthospitals.
UMC ranked as a “Best Hospital” nationally in:
· Cardiology and Heart Surgery
UMC was rated “high performing” in:
· Diabetes and Endocrinology
· Ear, Nose and Throat
· Neurology & Neurosurgery
Karen Mlawsky, CEO of the hospital division for UA Healthcare, said, “This continued recognition of excellence is due to the dedicated physicians, nurses, scientists, staff and all the other professionals who work tirelessly to save lives and improve the health of the people of Arizona and beyond. Speaking on behalf of the entire UA Healthcare team, we are extremely proud of this prestigious distinction from U.S. News.”
The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition or added risk because of other health problems or age, according to U.S. News.
“These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when stakes are high.”
Covering 94 U.S. metro areas, the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions, according to U.S. News.
Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties – death rates, patient safety, procedure volume and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked, according to U.S. News.
UMC opened in 1971 and is the primary teaching hospital of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. These colleges, and the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, comprise the academic core of the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC). UMC is affiliated with AHSC “Centers of Excellence,” including the Arizona Cancer Center, the Arizona Respiratory Center, the UA Sarver Heart Center, the Arizona Center on Aging, the UA Steele Children’s Research Center, among others. These centers have gained international recognition for their academic, research and clinical activities and have played a key role in UMC’s international recognition.
For example, UMC’s cardiology/heart surgery and geriatrics clinical programs are bolstered by their close affiliation with the UA Sarver Heart Center, which is dedicated to the prevention and cure of heart and vascular disease through research, patient care and education, and the Arizona Center on Aging, which promotes healthy and functional lives for older adults through comprehensive programs in research, education and training and clinical care.
UA Healthcare is the temporary name for the parent company resulting from the integration of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare. By better aligning the patient-care enterprise affiliated with the UA College of Medicine, UA Healthcare seeks to develop groundbreaking new approaches to health-care delivery to keep more Arizonans healthy, while at the same time providing outstanding hospital care, when required.