Three UNC Health Care specialties rank among America's Best

This year’s U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” ranking includes three UNC Health Care medical specialties among the best in the country: The specialties, and their rank, are: Cancer, 37; Kidney, 28; Gynecology, 24.

Three UNC Health Care specialties rank among America's Best click to enlarge Three specialties at UNC Health Care rank among America's best.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Gynecology saw the largest move, up nine spots from No. 33 last year.

“These rankings are an important measure of excellence,” said Dr. William L. Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “These specialties deserve congratulations, as do all of the UNC faculty and staff who provide excellent care to our patients.”

More than 1,800 hospitals around the country are considered for the rankings; only 174 received scores high enough to be included in the rankings. The methodology, created by a division of RTI, scores 16 specialties for national reputation, patient outcomes and a variety of factors that include available technologies and patient services. Rankings rely on data from a three-year running average; many of this year’s scores were based on Medicare data from 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The rankings are one of the latest awards for UNC. Our patients recently acknowledged UNC as the best hospital in the Triangle for patient satisfaction in eight of 10 categories, third among American academic medical centers and in the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the country, according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider Systems survey, or HCAHPS.

Roper said while UNC has an eye on improving the magazine’s rankings, “our primary responsibility is – and will continue to be – the discovery and implementation of improvements to medical care, the education of future physicians and our service to the people of North Carolina.”

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