July 8, 2005

Rankings put VUMC among nation’s best

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Harry Jacobson, M.D.

Rankings put VUMC among nation’s best

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has again been named among the nation's elite in the annual ranking of best hospitals by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

VUMC made the list of Top 50 in seven of the 17 specialties ranked by the magazine.

“We're honored to be included in this ranking,” said Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs. “It's always gratifying when the hard work, dedication and commitment of the people who work at Vanderbilt is recognized on a national level.

“Still, this ranking is just one indicator of the high level of patient care and education provided and the research conducted here. Our greatest recognition comes from our patients, students and colleagues who compliment and value the services we provide.”

VUMC's programs in the Urology category jumped four notches, from 21st last year to 17th this year.

Other specialties in which VUMC programs ranked were:

• Cancer — 20

• Ear, Nose and Throat — 16

• Gynecology — 47

• Hormonal Disorders — 25

• Kidney Disease — 12

• Respiratory Disorders — 17

Multiple factors are taken into account to determine the annual rankings, including reputation among board-certified physicians, mortality statistics, nursing care, medical technology, palliative care and discharge planning.

Hospitals were ranked only by their reputation among board-certified physicians in the categories of ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology.