U.S. News & World Report evaluates more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide to come up with their annual list of Best Hospitals. And once again, Nebraska Medical Center, UNMC's hospital partner, is the No. 1 rated hospital in the Omaha metropolitan area and in the state of Nebraska. Additionally, Nebraska Medical Center's cancer program received a national ranking.
U.S. News also rated Nebraska Medical Center as high performing in two other specialties, including:
- Gastroenterology and GI surgery; and
- Neurology and neurosurgery.
Finally, the medical center received the highest ranking possible in five procedures/conditions:
"We are again honored to be a part of this list, which places us among the best of the best," said CEO Jim Linder, M.D. "To have our cancer program achieve a national ranking is a testament to everyone who made the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center a reality. People who live in Omaha, the state of Nebraska and the surrounding region should know this means world-class care is available not only at Nebraska Medical Center, but throughout all of our hospitals and primary care clinics in the region."
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 30th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.
For the 2019-20 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.
"For 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide," said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and specialties."
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.