April 3, 2019

University Hospital named one of the world's best hospitals

Madison, Wis. – University Hospital in Madison, part of UW Health, has been named one of the top hospitals in the world in the inaugural edition of Newsweek magazine’s The World’s Best Hospitals 2019.

The hospital is one of only 25 U.S. hospitals named to Newsweek’s “Top 100 Global” list, which includes hospitals in 11 countries around the world. In addition, University Hospital was ranked #14 among the 250 U.S. hospitals ranked in the list. It was the highest-ranking hospital among four Wisconsin hospitals listed.

The Newsweek rankings are based on three scores: a hospital score, encompassing recommendations from thousands of physicians and health care professionals; patient experience (based on data from patient surveys of general satisfaction with care and service); and medical “key performance indicators,” including data on the quality of care, hygiene measures and patient safety.

Approximately 40,000 medical experts were invited to take the survey and recommend both hospitals in their own country as well as in other nationals. In addition, hospitals had to have at least 100 inpatient beds to be considered in the ranking.

“I am so proud of the physicians and staff whose work led to this tremendous recognition,” said UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan. “It is a thrill to be among the world’s finest in the first ranking of hospitals around the world.”

The hospital did not apply or pay to appear on the list. Rankings were based only on surveys of medical professionals and patients and key performance measures.

University Hospital is the main hospital of the UW Health system; it is verified as a Level 1 trauma center for both adults and children. It has a nationally recognized burn center and is home to one of the nation’s largest transplant programs.

UW Health also includes American Family Children’s Hospital; UW Health at The American Center; SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford, Illinois; and the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital. UW Health also has a joint operating agreement with UnityPoint Health-Meriter.