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U.S. News & World’s Reports’ 2013-14 Best Hospitals in America rankings have been released, and Intermountain Medical Center is ranked as Utah’s number one hospital. The new rankings also recognize four other Intermountain hospitals among Utah’s best hospitals — LDS, Utah Valley, McKay-Dee, and Dixie Regional Medical Center — for “high-performing” medical specialties.
U.S. News publishes a list of the best adult hospitals in America annually in 16 medical specialties. The rankings are widely considered to be the most prestigious assessment of the nation’s medical centers. It includes a national ranking of the top 50 hospitals in each specialty, which didn’t include any Utah hospitals this year, and a listing of the best-performing hospitals in each state and in major metropolitan regions across the U.S.
The top three hospitals in Utah, according to U.S. News’ state-by-state rankings, are, in this order: Intermountain Medical Center, University Hospital, and LDS Hospital.
The rankings also include these results:
• Intermountain Medical Center is listed as the number one hospital in Utah and the number one hospital in the Salt Lake City metro area. It’s recognized for eight high-performing specialties: Cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology (kidney disorders), pulmonology and urology. The rankings included a patient satisfaction survey that reported 79 percent of Intermountain Medical Center’s patients would “definitely” recommend the hospital to their family and friends, compared to a state average of 75 percent and a national average of 70 percent.
• LDS Hospital is ranked as the number three hospital in Utah and the number three hospital in the Salt Lake metro area. It’s recognized for six high-performing specialties: Cancer, gastroenterology/GI surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. In terms of patient satisfaction, 80 percent of its patients would recommend the hospital to their family and friends, compared to a state average of 75 percent and a national average of 70 percent.
• Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is listed as the number four hospital in Utah and is recognized for five high-performing specialties: Gastroenterology/GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. In terms of patient satisfaction, 76 percent of its patients would recommend the hospital to their family and friends.
• McKay-Dee Hospital was ranked as the number four hospital in Utah and number 4 in the Salt Lake Metro area. It’s recognized for three high-performing specialties: Nephrology, pulmonology, and urology. In terms of patient satisfaction, 82 percent of its patients would recommend the hospital to their family and friends.
“We’re very proud to have two of our hospitals listed at the top of U.S. News’ state rankings,” says Larry Hancock, the CEO of Intermountain’s Salt Lake Valley hospitals. “Our hospitals and a number of other Intermountain Healthcare hospitals are consistently ranked by different organizations among the best hospitals in America, and we do especially well when the ranking systems use clinical data to focus on the quality of a hospital’s patient outcomes. By that standard, Intermountain Healthcare is one of the best healthcare systems in America. This recognition is a wonderful validation of the skill and commitment of our employees and physician partners who work so hard to deliver the best possible patient care, and do it consistently and efficiently.”