U.S. News & World Report has publicly released its Best Hospitals results for 2018-19, which include both specialty and regional rankings. This year, the University of Chicago Medical Center improved in regional rankings, moving to No. 4 in both Chicago and Illinois, compared to No. 7 and 8 last year in the city and state, respectively.
Regional rankings are determined by performance in “procedures and conditions” and not by specialty rankings. For each high-performing condition, we get one point toward the regional score. This year, we were ranked as “high performing” in five procedures and conditions: COPD, colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, and heart failure.
As for specialty services, as anticipated, the rankings were difficult to move without Magnet Recognition; we are hoping for a favorable impact next year from this certification, which was received in April. This year, three specialties made the Top 50, the same as in 2017. However, Urology achieved a top 50 rating while Gynecology failed to maintain its ranking.
Here is a snapshot of the results compared to last year:
- Cancer — 33 (31)
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery — 47 (42)
- Urology — 45 (“high performing”)
Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Orthopedics — continued their ranking as “high performing” specialties
To view full results, go to health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.