Med Center impresses in U.S. News rankings

by Jenny Nowatzke, The Nebraska Medical Center | July 16, 2014

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U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide to come up with this year's list of Best Hospitals. For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the hospitals analyzed for Best Hospitals earned national ranking in even one specialty.

The Nebraska Medical Center is ranked 36th nationally for its cancer care, 29th for gastroenterology and GI surgery, 29th in nephrology, 31st in neurology and neurosurgery, 41st in pulmonology and 25th in urology. This is the best performance for the hospital in terms of national recognition in these rankings. The Nebraska Medical Center was also high performing in six other specialties, including:

  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Orthopedics

In addition to these rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Nebraska Medical Center as the top hospital in the state.

"We are truly honored to be recognized as a leader in so many different areas," said Bill Dinsmoor, CEO of the clinical enterprise that includes The Nebraska Medical Center. "It's a reflection of the serious medicine and extraordinary care our physicians and staff provide to our patients every day."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. The annual rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

"We see patients from all 50 states and over 40 countries," said Brad Britigan, M.D., dean of the UNMC College of Medicine and president of the clinical enterprise that includes The Nebraska Medical Center. "Thanks to our world-renowned physicians and specialty programs, we're able to diagnose and treat the sickest of the sick."

Serving as the teaching hospital for UNMC, research is also at the forefront, especially when it comes to life-changing cancer therapies.

"Our scientists and cancer specialists are working together every day to stop cancer and save lives," said Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., UNMC chancellor and board chairman of the clinical enterprise. "We are providing breakthroughs. I'm very proud of the teamwork that defines our remarkable academic medical center."

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