U.S. News and World Report surveyed the nation's roughly 5,000 hospitals to come up with this year's list of Best Hospitals. Fewer than 150 of those hospitals are nationally ranked. The Nebraska Medical Center is ranked 45th nationally for its cancer care. This places the hospital in the top three percent of the 4,806 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.
The Nebraska Medical Center was also "high-performing" in eight other specialties including:
- Ear, Nose & Throat
- Neurology & Neurosurgery
Of the 16 specialties studied by U.S. News and World Report, The Nebraska Medical Center was recognized in nine.
"These rankings are proof of the tremendous amount of work our physicians and staff have done to care for our patients; many of whom have come here from all over with very serious and rare conditions," said Glenn A. Fosdick, president and CEO of The Nebraska Medical Center. "It's an honor to be recognized as a leader in so many different areas."
The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.
"All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care," said Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases."
Fosdick said having such a wide variety of specialties recognized is motivation for the medical center to keep moving forward.
"We are proud of these rankings, but there is always room to improve," Fosdick said. "We are constantly looking at ways to improve the quality of our care, to offer new and innovative treatments, and to help all of our patients to receive the extraordinary care they deserve."
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2013-14 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The complete rankings and methodology are available here.