Banner – UMC Tucson Ranked Among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’

And Best in Tucson Metro Area, says U.S. News & World Report

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in geriatrics and nephrology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospitals’ ratings, and as “high ranking” in five other medical specialties.

The publication also rated Banner – University Medical Center as the best hospital in the Tucson metro area, and the No. 3 hospital in Arizona, after the Mayo Clinic and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

“We are pleased that U.S. News has recognized the caregivers, educators and researchers at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson for their focus on patients and for producing outstanding outcomes.  It takes an entire team to garner results like these,” said Tom Dickson, chief executive officer of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.

The Tucson academic medical center was ranked 46th in the medical specialty of geriatrics and 39th in nephrology out of nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed across the country.

The magazine also rated the hospital as “high performing” in the following medical specialties.

  • Cancer
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pulmonology

In addition, Banner – UMC Tucson rated as “high-performing” in the following common adult procedures and conditions:

  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Hip Replacement Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measure, such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staff and more.

For 2016-17, only 153 hospitals ranked nationally in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognizes hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook. For more information, visit Best Hospitals and #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twittter.

About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center South are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country. Banner Health is in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences

The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: