Tuesday, July 17, 2012

U.S. News and World Report: KU Hospital No. 1 in state

By ANDY HYLAND, The Lawrence Journal-World

The magazine U.S. News and World Report gave high marks to Kansas University Hospital in its latest “Best Hospital” rankings, which were released late Monday night.

The hospital was ranked in 10 of 12 medical and surgical specialty areas ranked by the magazine. The hospital was ranked on six lists for the past two years.

KU Hospital was the only hospital in Kansas or the Kansas City area to be ranked on any of the U.S. News lists.

In a written statement, Bob Page, president and CEO of KU Hospital, said the rankings were based on quality of care and patient outcomes.

“This is a tribute to the partnership between our physicians, nurses and other health care providers,” he said. “You cannot get these results without all parties united in a single focus on quality patient care.”

The programs ranked included:

Cancer (No. 37), listed for two years in a row.
Cardiology and Heart Surgery (No. 24), listed for six years in a row.
Diabetes and Endocrinology (No. 38), listed for the first time.
Ear, Nose and Throat (No. 20), listed for four years in a row.
Gastroenterology (No. 20), listed for the second year in a row.
Geriatrics (No. 17), previously listed in 2010.
Nephrology (kidney) (No.15), listed for four years in a row.
Neurology and Neurosurgery (No. 22), listed for the first time.
Pulmonology (No. 15), listed for the third year in a row.
Urology (No. 45), previously listed in 2010.
The hospital was also ranked as the No. 1 hospital overall in the state of Kansas.