December 19, 2019

Year in Review 2019: Medical Center lauded on numerous national rankings

During the past year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center placed highly in several national rankings and was honored with numerous awards.

During the past year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center placed highly in several national rankings and was honored with numerous awards.


Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt once again was named a leader in pediatric health care in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings, marking the 13th consecutive year the hospital made the list.

In the 2019-2020 rankings, Children’s Hospital again achieved a maximum 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs to be nationally ranked, with four of those in the top 20 in the country.

Pediatric Urology continued to earn the distinction as a premier destination program, earning the No. 7 spot in the rankings. The program has achieved a top 10 ranking every year since U.S. News began ranking pediatric urology in 2009.

Among the other pediatric specialties, four moved up in the rankings. Gastroenterology improved from 24th to 17th; Nephrology jumped from 38th to 24th; Diabetes & Endocrinology moved from 31st to 23rd; and Cardiology & Heart Surgery improved from 42nd to 36th.

Other specialties earning spots in the rankings are: Cancer (14); Pulmonology (15); Orthopaedics (26); Neonatology (28); and Neurology & Neurosurgery (34).


For the eighth time, VUMC was named a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

HEI is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

The scoring criteria requires that a facility receive a score of 100 points to be designated as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”


Becker’s Hospital Review once again named VUMC as one of the “100 great hospitals in America.”

Becker’s Healthcare’s editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report‘s 2018-19 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals. Becker’s also sought nominations for this list.


VUMC earned a 2019 Women’s Choice Award, receiving recognition as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.

Patient experience includes many elements of health care delivery valued by patients such as getting timely appointments and good communication with health care providers.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a federal Department of Health and Human Services agency, a positive patient experience directly correlates to better disease management, adherence to treatment plans and improved health outcomes.


VUMC was recognized with the 2019 Best Workplace for Men in Nursing Award from the American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN).

The AAMN is a professional organization that works to improve gender diversity and inclusion in nursing.

Criteria for the award included recruitment materials featuring men in nursing, strategic plans to increase gender diversity, historical evidence demonstrating an increase in the number of men in nursing and evidence of male nurse involvement.