U.S. News and World Report Ranks UW Hospital and Clinics in Top Three Percent

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MADISON – University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics ranked in the top three percent of U.S. hospitals in five medical specialties, according to the 2009 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" guide.
The U.S. News and World Report guide ranks hospital care in 16 specialties.
The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is ranked among the nation's top 50 hospitals in the following categories: 

Only two other Wisconsin hospitals were ranked this year.


"We are honored to be included once again in these rankings," said UW Hospital and Clinics president and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky. "While this is a tribute to the skills of our physicians and staff, ultimately our patients benefit through nationally recognized, compassionate and quality-driven health care."


Katen-Bahensky noted, however, that every organization aiming to measure quality does it differently, and each individual approach has limitations. This year, for example, U.S. News used as a criterion whether a hospital had attained "Magnet" status, a national recognition of nursing quality. UW Hospital and Clinics attained "Magnet" status earlier this year, after the U.S. News data had been compiled.


"Consistently high performance over time and over different measurements is a more reliable indicator of quality, and I'm thrilled to be able to say that UW Hospital and Clinics has excelled in many different national measurements of quality," she said.


Of the more than 4,800 U.S. hospitals U.S. News analyzed, only 174 scored high enough to be ranked in any specialty. Five categories - pediatrics, psychiatry, ophthalmology, rheumatology and rehabilitation - are ranked based on a "reputational" score alone. The other 11 categories are assessed based on reputation and a mix of other data.


The magazine listed the top 50 hospitals in 11 of the 16 categories and various numbers of hospitals in the categories ranked only by reputation.


UW Hospital and Clinics, part of UW Health, has been ranked every year since 1993. The hospital has also received a number of national safety and quality recognition honors in the last several years.


Date Published: 07/16/2009

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