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July 20, 2011

UW Medicine ranks high in U.S. News & World Reports 2011 Best Hospitals rankings

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UW Medicine hospitals and programs rank high in U.S. News & World Reports 2011 edition of Americas Best Hospitals.  UW Medical Center has made the U.S. News national Honor Roll since the rankings began in 1990 for its breadth of excellence in specialty care.

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UW Medical CenterClare McLean

The rankings are available at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and will be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale Tuesday, August 30.

UW Medicine includes eight entities: Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, and Airlift Northwest.  UW Medicine also shares in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Seattle Childrens Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and shares in ownership of Childrens University Medical Group with Seattle Childrens Hospital.

UW Medical Center ranked 13th in the nation in the overall ranking by U.S. News & World Report. This year, only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals that were evaluated nationally performed well enough to rank in even one specialty.  Of those 140 hospitals, just 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

UW Medicine programs at UW Medical Center and Harborview were nationally ranked in the following specialties:

Rehabilitation (3)
Cancer (6) (UW Medicine physicians practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
Diabetes and endocrinology (10)
Nephrology (11)
Orthopaedics (11-Harborview, 17-UW Medical Center)
Ear, nose and throat (12)
Neurology/neurosurgery (15)
Pulmonology (17-UW Medical Center, 47-Harborview)
Geriatrics (20)
Gynecology (28)
Urology (29)

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties were driven by hard data such as death rates, number of patients, and balance of nurses and patients. In the four remaining specialties–ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation, and rheumatology–hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.  To be considered in any of the 12 data-driven specialties, a hospital first had to meet at least one of four criteria:  it had to be a teaching hospital, or be affiliated with a medical school, or have at least 200 beds, or have 100 or more beds and the availability of four or more of eight key medical technologies, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precision radiation therapies. This year, 2,196 hospitals, or 46 percent of the initial number, met that test.

For more information on the methodology, visit www.usnews.com/besthospitals

The complete 2011-12 U.S. News Honor Roll of the nation’s best hospitals in rank order is:

1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

2.  Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

3.  Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

4.   Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

5.   Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles

6.   New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, New York

7.   UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco8.  Brigham and Womens Hospital, Boston

9.    Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.

10.  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

11.  Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis

12.  UPMC – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

13.  University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle

14.  University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor*

14.  Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville*

16.   Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York

17.   Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.

*Two Honor Roll hospitals tied for 14th

For more information on the rankings, go to www.usnews.com/besthospitals

About UW Medicine

UW Medicine trains health professionals and medical scientists, conducts research to improve health and prevent disease worldwide, and provides primary and specialty care to patients throughout Seattle/King County and the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region.  UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Seattle Childrens Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

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