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07.14.2014

UW Medicine ranks highly in U.S. News Best Hospitals listing

System hospitals recognized for their clinical performance; UW Medical Center on national Honor Roll

By Kim Blakeley  |  HSNewsBeat  |  Updated 3:45 PM, 07.14.2014

Posted in: Healthcare

  • Clinical care at UW Medicine hospitals was again recognized in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings Clare McLean

U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 edition of Best Hospitals was released online July 15. University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center ranked in the top 3 in the Seattle metro area and among the top 4 hospitals in the state.
 
University of Washington Medical Center made the magazine's national Honor Roll and is listed as No. 11 among nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States. It also ranked No. 1 as the best hospital in the Seattle metro area and in the state. It was among 144 facilities—roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings—to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties; three specialties were ranked in the top 10: rehabilitation (No. 4) (Note: Rehabilitation Medicine is also located at Harborview Medical Center as a joint CARF-accredited program), cancer (No. 6), and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 10).
 
Harborview Medical Center ranked No. 3 in the Seattle area and No. 4 in the state, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center ranked No. 5 in Seattle and No. 7 in the state. 
 
Below are the specialties nationally ranked for UW Medical Center, and specialties classified as high performing for UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.
 
UW Medical Center is nationally ranked in:
 

  • Cancer (UW Medicine physicians practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The National Cancer Institute recognizes UW Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center as a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.)
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

 
Harborview Medical Center is high performing in:
 

  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

 
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is high performing in:
 

  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics

 
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. To rank the best adult and children’s hospitals, data from more 4,743 medical centers across the country were analyzed.
 
As part of its method to identify the leading medical centers, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 health specialties. About 3 percent of the country’s hospitals earned a national ranking for at least one of these specialties, and 16 percent of hospitals were recognized among their region’s best for high performance in at least one specialty.
 
Objective measures such as specialty-specific patient volumes, patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nursing staffing levels, and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
 
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 Children’s Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and shares in the ownership of Children’s University Medical Group with Seattle Children’s Hospital.
 
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a research organization located in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The rankings have been published online at http://usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015, 25th Anniversary Edition guidebook available in bookstores and on newsstands in August.

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News reporters seeking more information on the UW Medicine rankings can contact Kim Blakeley, krb13@uw.edu.

 
 

 

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