UW reprises honor as Wisconsin’s top hospital
Six medical specialties in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine were highly ranked for clinical excellence in the 2015-16 edition of the Best Hospitals guide produced by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics is ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals, retaining its position as the best hospital in Wisconsin for the fourth year in a row.
The rankings of specialties involve more than 4,700 hospitals around the country. Most of the data underlying the rankings came from the American Hospital Association Annual Survey Database, which U.S. News calls “the most comprehensive and dependable database of information on institutional health care.” Measurements include the presence of advanced technologies, patient volume, nursing intensity, and the presence of a high-level trauma center.
Divisions of the Department of Medicine represented among the nationally ranked specialties are:
• Nephrology (ranked #13, Division of Nephrology)
• Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (ranked #29, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in partnership with the Department of Surgery)
• Geriatrics (ranked #30, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology)
• Pulmonology (ranked #31, Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine)
• Cancer (ranked #38, Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care in partnership with the UW Carbone Cancer Center and the Department of Human Oncology)
• Diabetes and Endocrinology (ranked as “high performing” – in top 25 percent within a specialty; Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism)
“I am tremendously proud that six divisions in the Department of Medicine are represented in the latest rankings, as this reflects yet another confirmation of the clinical excellence we provide,” said Richard Page, MD, George R. and Elaine Love Professor and chair, Department of Medicine. “We share this recognition with the hospital and clinic staff, especially nurses, in addition to colleagues in other departments where we collaborate in patient care.”
“Delivering the highest level of health care year after year requires continuous commitment,” said Jeffrey Grossman, MD, UW Health CEO and professor (CHS), Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. “UW Health makes that commitment and we are happy to be recognized by U.S. News once again. But we have always said that no single measurement perfectly captures the quality of a hospital, so we look at many other measures as well.”
Other University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics specialties that were nationally ranked are Gynecology (18), Urology (20), Neurology and Neurosurgery (29), Orthopedics (38), and Ear, Nose and Throat (49).
Twelve of the 16 categories ranked by U.S. News are assessed based on a combination of data on patient safety, survival, staffing and a survey taken by physicians. In four categories (psychiatry, ophthalmology, rheumatology and rehabilitation), only a reputational score is used.
UW Hospital and Clinics, with 592 beds, is part of the UW Health system, which also includes American Family Children’s Hospital, the UW Medical Foundation (physicians’ group), the Carbone Cancer Center, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health at The American Center, which will open in August, 2015. The hospital is a major employer in Dane County and a Level One trauma center for adults and children. With over 375 faculty members, the Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.