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Vanderbilt On 2011 Hospital ‘Honor Roll’

Vanderbilt's Is Tennessee's Only Cancer Program To Make National List

July 19, 2011

Dr. John Huff, Imaging Director at the Vanderbilt Breast Clinic and professor of radiology, screens images from a breast MRI. (photo by Dana Thomas)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has achieved distinction as one of the nation’s leading health care providers from U.S. News and World Report in the publication’s annual rankings for “America’s Best Hospitals.”

This year, VUMC garnered a best-ever No. 14 ranking on U.S. News’ prestigious national “Honor Roll,” the designation reserved for a select group of the nation’s highest-performing health care providers.

Just 17 hospitals made the national Honor Roll. According to U.S. News, this distinction signals an institution’s rare breadth and depth of medical excellence.

In addition, the medical center’s cancer program, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, was the only one in Tennessee ranked among the best for cancer care.

In the report released today, VUMC also was listed among the best in 10 other specialties: urology; nephrology; diabetes & endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; pulmonology; gastroenterology;, cardiology and heart surgery; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopaedics; and gynecology.

The Medical Center’s programs in Geriatrics also received recognition as “high-performing,” a U.S. News distinction reserved for top regional programs.

Earlier this year VUMC was also ranked No. 1 in a new “Best Metro” rankings methodology established by U.S. News to acknowledge hospitals at the local and regional level.

This year, only 140 of the 4,825 hospitals evaluated by U.S. News performed well enough to rank in even one specialty. And of the 140, just 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

Performance and outcome data influence rankings for 12 of the 16 specialties. Specialty programs at each hospital receive a composite score based on components such as; reputation, mortality, patient safety and other patient care-related indicators including nurse staffing and patient services. Reputational scores play an important role in the ranking for all 16 specialties.

As reported in May, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was included among the nation’s leaders in pediatric health care, achieving rankings in a maximum 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs in U.S. News’ annual listing of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

This year, Children’s Hospital’s programs were ranked the following: Urology (5), Neonatology (11), Cardiology and Heart Surgery (20), Gastroenterology (22), Diabetes and Endocrinology (25), Orthopaedics (29), Pulmonology (36), Nephrology (39), Neurology and Neurosugery (39) and Cancer (41).