December 16, 2010

Year in review 2010: Making the lists

Vanderbilt University Medical Center featured prominently in several of the rankings conducted throughout the year by U.S. News and World Report.

• The Medical Center finished strongly again this year in the magazine's annual ranking of America's Best Hospitals. VUMC posted an all-time high of 10 out of a possible 16 medical specialties ranked by the magazine. The following VUMC specialty programs ranked among the top 50 in their respective fields: Urology (9), Kidney Disorders (10), Diabetes & Endocrinology (13), Ear, Nose & Throat (14), Pulmonology (17), Cancer (18), Heart & Heart Surgery (24), Gastroenterology (25), Geriatrics (48), and Gynecology (50). Programs in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, and Urology all improved in this year's rankings. And for the first time this year, VUMC ranked in the specialty category of Geriatrics.

• The School of Medicine was once again included among the nation's top medical education programs according to U.S. News and World Report's annual tabulation of graduate education programs and health disciplines released. In the 2011 edition of “America's Best Graduate Schools,” VUSM stood alone at 15th out of 126 accredited U.S. medical schools, achieving an overall score of 66 to move ahead of the University of California-San Diego. Last year, the two schools were tied at 15th.

• The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt was again ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine's annual rankings for America's Best Children's Hospitals placed Vanderbilt among the top 30 in the United States in five pediatric specialty categories. Pediatric Urology maintained its No. 6 ranking while two other programs, Neonatology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, made significant gains. Neonatology improved from 13th to 11th, while Pediatric Gastroenterology moved from 21st to 18th.

• Vanderbilt University maintained its No. 17 rank on the U.S. News list of best national universities. Vanderbilt was also noted on lists of national universities that deliver the best value for their cost and a new survey of high school guidance counselors.

In other rankings:

• For the sixth consecutive year, VUMC was named among the nation's 100 “most-wired” hospitals and health systems for its innovative efforts in medical technology. The 2010 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study was conducted by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine, Accenture, McKesson Corp. and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.

• Vanderbilt University Hospital has been named among the nation's 65 Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2010. VUH is the only Tennessee hospital that made the list. The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.

• VUMC was been recognized for the 11th consecutive year as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, in a study by Thomson Reuters Healthcare, and was again named a winner of the Everest Award for National Benchmarks.

• Vanderbilt was named one of the best places for life scientists to work in academia by The Scientist magazine. Vanderbilt was ranked No. 12 in a list headed by Princeton University and including Stanford, Georgia Institute for Technology and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In 2009, Vanderbilt ranked No. 34 in the survey.

• In July, VUMC was named one of the 30 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review.

• VUMC's Home Care Services was named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, placing it among the top 25 percent of the approximately 9,600 Medicare certified agencies in the United States.

• Vanderbilt University ranked 51st on the 2010-2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, up from 140 last year.