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Medical Center shines in multiple national rankings

Dec. 14, 2017, 10:34 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) placed highly in several national rankings, including the various rankings conducted by U.S. News and World Report during the past year.

  • In the 2017-18 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals,” VUMC had 11 out of a possible 16 adult specialties either nationally ranked or designated as nationally high performing.

In the “Regional Recognition” portion of the rankings, VUMC was named the No. 1 hospital in Tennessee and the Metro Nashville area for the sixth consecutive year, having topped these rankings since they were introduced in 2012.

The following specialty programs were nationally ranked: Cancer (44); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (28); Diabetes and Endocrinology (47); Gynecology (14); Nephrology (12); Pulmonology (34); and Urology (9). High-performing specialty programs were: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology and Neurosurgery; and Orthopaedics.

  • For the 11th consecutive year, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was named among the nation’s leaders in pediatric healthcare in U.S. News’ annual list of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”

Children’s Hospital is home to a maximum of 10 out 10 pediatric specialty programs to be nationally ranked, the only children’s hospital in Tennessee to earn this distinction.

Children’s Hospital’s Division of Urology has been a solid top 10 elite pediatric specialty program every year, and ranked No. 7 this year. Among the other pediatric specialties, six moved up in the rankings. Neonatology improved from 26th to 9th; Cancer moved up from 18th to 16th; Orthopaedics went from 14th to 13th; Pulmonology improved from 17th to 13th; Diabetes & Endocrinology moved from 31st to 24th; Gastroenterology and GI Surgery went from 22nd to 21st. Other specialties ranked this year: Neurology & Neurosurgery (26); Cardiology & Heart Surgery (23); Nephrology (31).

  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) were again named among the “Best Graduate Schools” in the country by U.S. News.

VUSM is No. 14 among the nation’s elite programs in the magazine’s 2018 rankings. In the Schools of Medicine Specialties category, VUSM’s Internal Medicine program is ranked No. 10.

VUSN is ranked No. 15, tied with the University of California, Los Angeles, for its master’s program, and is ranked No. 11 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

  • Children’s Hospital was one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the nation to be named a Leapfrog Top Hospital for 2017.

Among all hospital categories rated — general, children’s, rural and teaching — only about 6 percent of eligible hospitals from across the U.S. earned the Top Hospital award from the Leapfrog Groups this year.

  • Once again, VUMC was named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America.”

The Becker‘s editorial team selected hospitals based on rankings and awards from reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group, among other resources. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation.

  • VUMC was also named to the Becker’s Hospital Review roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. The annual review recognizes medical systems leading the nation in providing high-quality cancer care while ensuring a superior patient experience.

Hospitals listed offer patients comprehensive cancer care provided by teams of specialists, including precision medicine protocols and participation in clinical trials.

  • Becker’s Hospital Review also named VUMC to its list of the 100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs.

The hospitals recognized lead the nation in cardiovascular care. Many of the centers included have pioneered groundbreaking procedures, continue to engage in research and development and have received top rankings in U.S. News for heart surgery and cardiology as well as being listed in CareChex rankings.

  • VUMC’s leadership embracing medical technology again resulted in the institution being named among the nation’s “most wired” hospitals and health systems.

The 2017 Health Care’s Most Wired Survey — conducted by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum and published in Hospitals and Health Networks magazine — is an industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals across the nation.

  • The CEO Roundtable on Cancer re-accredited VUMC as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2017 for VUMC’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and their families.

VUMC has earned the CEO Cancer Gold Standard designation every year since 2008.

  • VUMC was again named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2017. This is the sixth year in a row that Vanderbilt received the designation. It is one of three organizations in Tennessee to be recognized.

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