University of Arizona Medical Center Again a U.S. News 'Best Hospital'
UAMC ranked No. 30 in the specialty of ear, nose and throat and No. 34 in geriatrics.

By Katie Riley, Arizona Health Sciences Center
July 16, 2013

The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus has been ranked among the nation's best hospitals in the medical specialties of ear, nose and throat and in geriatrics, and as "high performing" in 10 other medical specialties in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list of 2013-2014.

"We're proud that UAMC has again earned a spot on the Best Hospitals list, and to be recognized as a hospital that excels in treating patients with the most challenging cases," said Karen Mlawsky, senior vice president and CEO of the Hospital Division of The University of Arizona Health Network. "Providing cutting-edge, highly sophisticated medical care in difficult cases – so-called 'quaternary care' – is what academic medical centers do best."

Out of roughly 5,000 U.S. hospitals, UAMC ranked No. 30 in the specialty of ear, nose and throat (otolaryngology) and No. 34 in geriatrics, which is the medical specialty associated with the care of older adults.

Only hospitals ranked among the top 50 in one or more of 16 specialties measured by the magazine are considered Best Hospitals. In addition, U.S. News & World Report rated The University of Arizona Medical Center as "high performing" in 10 medical specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The University of Arizona Medical Center opened in 1971 and is the primary teaching hospital of the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. It is part of The University of Arizona Health Network, the clinical enterprise that was formed in 2010 by the integration of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare. Its mission is: Advancing Health and Wellness through Education, Research and Patient Care.

The University of Arizona Medical Center is affiliated with UA centers of excellence, including the Arizona Center on Aging, the UA Cancer Center, the Arizona Respiratory Center, the UA Sarver Heart Center, and the UA Steele Children's Research Center, among others. These centers of excellence are renowned for their academic, research and clinical activities and have played a key role in the hospital's national reputation.




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