June 3, 2020

University of Wisconsin Hospitals among nation's top 20 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Madison, Wis. — For the first time in the history of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" rankings, University of Wisconsin Hospitals are listed on the Honor Roll - the 20 most highly ranked hospitals in the nation.

The designation, which includes both University Hospital and UW Health at The American Center, puts the hospitals at no. 17 among the more than 4,500 analyzed.

In addition, University of Wisconsin Hospitals were highly ranked in 12 of the 16 medical and surgical specialties ranked by the magazine and retained the No. 1 ranking in the state of Wisconsin.

A top-50 ranking means the ranked hospital is in the top two percent of U.S. hospitals.

University of Wisconsin Hospitals are nationally ranked as follows:

In addition to the top 50 rankings, University of Wisconsin Hospitals were ranked as high-performing in:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

  • Aortic valve surgery

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  • Colon cancer surgery

  • Heart bypass surgery

  • Heart failure

  • Hip replacement

  • Knee replacement

  • Lung cancer surgery

High-performing hospitals are those in the top 25 percent within a given specialty.

"This represents a huge leap forward in the rankings for UW Health," said UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan. "The goal for us must always be the continual improvement of patient care, but it is very gratifying to be ranked among the nation's top 20 hospitals. I'm proud of the level of excellence our physicians and staff bring to work every day."

The magazine released the 2019-20 edition of the hospital rankings today. More than 4,500 hospitals were surveyed. Only 165 ranked in at least one specialty. Measurements include the use of advanced technologies, patient volume, nursing intensity and a high-level trauma center. UW Hospital is a Level I trauma center for both adults and children.

Four specialties were ranked by reputation alone.

UW Hospital and Clinics (505 beds) and UW Health at The American Center (56 beds) are part of the UW Health system, which also includes American Family Children's Hospital; the UW Medical Foundation (physicians' group); the Carbone Cancer Center and six regional cancer centers; SwedishAmerican in Rockford and Belvidere, Illinois; the UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital, and an affiliation with UnityPoint Health-Meriter.

UnityPoint Health-Meriter was tied for no. 7 in Wisconsin and no. 2 in Madison. UnityPoint Health-Meriter was rated high performing in three adult specialties (geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology and lung surgery) and three adult procedures/conditions (heart failure, knee replacement and hip replacement). 

Top Children's Hospital

UW Health's American Family Children's Hospital was also ranked among the best children's hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 rankings.