U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Virginia Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in Virginia for the fourth consecutive year. The U.S. News 2019-20 “Best Hospitals” guide also recognizes nine UVA adult specialties among the best in the U.S.
Three specialties are in the top 50 nationally:
- Ear, Nose & Throat: 15th.
- Cancer: 26th.
- Gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery: 35th.
Six specialties are rated “high-performing,” placing them among the 10% nationally:
- Neurology and neurosurgery.
- Pulmonology and lung surgery.
Based generally on care provided to inpatients ages 65 and older, UVA is also rated “high-performing” – the best possible rating – in all nine common procedures or conditions evaluated by U.S. News. Only 57 hospitals nationally were rated high-performing in all nine of these procedures or conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
- Aortic valve surgery.
- Heart bypass surgery.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
- Heart failure.
- Colon cancer surgery.
- Hip replacement.
- Knee replacement.
- Lung cancer surgery.
“Being recognized as the top hospital in Virginia is an acknowledgement of the hard work demonstrated throughout the organization to provide excellent care and service every day to our patients and the community at large,” said Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, acting executive vice president for health affairs at UVA and chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center. “These rankings also spotlight the specialized care available to patients across Virginia and throughout the United States. We consider it a privilege to serve and meet the needs of the commonwealth and beyond.”
U.S. News bases its rankings and ratings on factors that include patient outcomes, patient experience, advanced technologies, patient services, physician surveys and accreditations from outside groups such as the National Cancer Institute and Magnet recognition for nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. UVA has earned Magnet recognition and is one of 72 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers nationally.
Earlier this year, U.S. News honored UVA Children’s Hospital in its 2019-20 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide. Eight UVA specialties were ranked in the top 50 nationally: pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, pediatric neurology and neurosurgery, pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, neonatology, pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, pediatric nephrology, pediatric urology and pediatric pulmonology.