UAB Hospital named best in state by US News & World Report

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The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota took the coveted No. 1 ranking in the assessment of hospitals released Tuesday, while the Cleveland Clinic ranked second.

The recognition comes from an annual U.S. News and World Report which ranks hospitals based on patient care, patient safety, clinical resources and family involvement.

It's the first time in the 28-year history of the U.S. News rankings that Mayo has placed more than one campus on the Honor Roll, and the first time any Arizona facility has landed in the Top 20. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt among the best children's hospitals in the nation, with 10 of 10 pediatric specialty programs ranked.

Changes to this year's scoring methodology mainly sought to include a higher volume of objective data underlying the rankings.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center came in at 11th, up from 17th past year.

In the Georgia rankings, Emory St. Joseph's Hospital in Sandy Springs and Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead were rated Nos.

The hospital system scored among the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the country.

By comparison, the system was ranked in five specialties for 2016-17. TMCA also rated as high performing in four common adult procedures and conditions for the treatment of patients who are 65 and older, which included Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Colon Cancer Surgery, and COPD.

The Tucson academic medical center was ranked 38th in the medical specialty of gynecology, 42nd in pulmonology, 46th in geriatrics and 48th in cancer out of approximately 4,500 hospitals surveyed across the nation.

Four other specialties listed as "high-performing" are: orthopedics, cancer, rehabilitation, and gastroenterology/GI surgery.

U.S. News is just one of many organizations producing reports meant to hold health care organizations accountable and help consumers make wise choices. A hospital with more national rankings in the 12 data-driven specialties outranks a hospital with fewer national rankings.

Of its specialties, Penn State Health received national rankings for some of them.

But health policy experts have said the government star ratings are unfair to teaching hospitals like KU, which often treat sicker patients.

In case it hasn't been obvious, numerous hospitals that appear on each U.S. News list seem to come up every year, oftentimes in the same (or almost the same) place they were in the year before.

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