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New Rankings Place University of Maryland Medical Center Among the Best Hospitals in the Nation, and School of Medicine Physicians among "Top Doctors"

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) has once again been ranked among the top 50 best hospitals nationwide in nine specialties in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital rankings. The rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, available August 30.

(The University of Maryland School of Medicine also has more than 60 doctors on the U.S. News "Top Doctors" List. Click here to learn more.)

The largest specialty gains came in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, which moved up to #31 from #40 last year, and Diabetes & Endocrinology, which moved up to #29 this year from #38 last.

Here are the University of Maryland Medical Center rankings for 2011-2012: Cancer, 22; Cardiology and Heart Surgery, 31; Diabetes and endocrinology, 29; Ear, Nose and Throat, 38; Geriatrics, 47; Kidney Disorders, 27; Orthopaedics, 28; Pulmonology, 20 and Urology, 44.

UMMC is listed as 'high-performing' in three additional categories: Gastroenterology, Gynecology, and Neurology and Neurosurgery.  This means these specialties were not in the top 50, but scored in the top 25 percent nationally.

Faculty physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) provide all the clinical care at UMMC.

“This year’s Best Hospital rankings are a testimony to the hard work of many physicians, nurses and other employees at the University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine who are dedicated to providing the best in patient care,” says Jeffrey A. Rivest, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center. “The new rankings supplement top-level national recognition from several organizations focused on patient safety and quality of care, such as the Leapfrog Group, which recently designated the Medical Center one of only two top hospitals in the country.”

“School of Medicine faculty members are engaged in research and discovery helping to advance and transform medicine. The new rankings underscore the skills and the fruits of research that faculty and staff bring to the University of Maryland Medical Center to benefit patients in Maryland and the region,” says E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “As a result, patients receive first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” adds Dean Reece, who is also vice president for medical affairs of the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor of the School of Medicine.

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

According to U.S. News, the core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care. The Best Hospitals are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients.

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