Department of Medicine Continues to Lead U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ List for Banner – UMC Tucson

Arizona Daily Star | webpost on how local and state hospitals fared in 2017-18 U.S. News 'Best Hospitals' rankings

Click the image above to read the Arizona Daily Star article on this year's U.S. News & World Reports "Best Hospitals" rankings. 

Cover for 2018-19 Best Hospitals issue of U.S. News & World Report magazaineKudos to University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson faculty and staff in divisions and clinical specialties given high placement for Banner – University Medical Center Tucson on the U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 “Best Hospitals” rankings, released yesterday.

Only one of the specialties or procedures recognized (gynecology) was not associated with the UA Department of Medicine this year.

U.S. News badge for regionally ranked hospitalsThe hospital—one of 28 overall and two in Tucson for Banner Health, the primary clinical partner of the UA Health Sciences colleges—ranked nationally in three adult specialties and regionally as the No. 3 hospital in Arizona and No. 1 hospital in Tucson. It also rated as “High Performing” in four adult specialties and two adult procedures or conditions.

Banner – UMC Tucson’s highlights include:

Nationally RankedU.S. News badge for nationally ranked adult specialties

  • Gynecology – 36th
  • Pulmonology – 49th
  • Nephrology – 50th

High Performing

Adult SpecialtiesU.S. News badge for high performing specialties and procedures

  • Cancer Care
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics

Adult Procedures/Conditions

  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Failure

Dr. Sai ParthasarathySairam Parthasarathy, MD, interim chief for the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, acknowledged the hard work his team has provided in keeping pulmonology on the national list for the second year in a row.

“This is a well-deserved recognition for the outstanding providers in Pulmonology at BUMCT that places them in the top bracket across the nation. Besides their expertise, the emphasis on patient-centered care in a broad range of pulmonary services, strong institutional support, and outstanding teamwork are recipes for such recognition,” he said.

Some of the numbers are a slight drop from last year, when Banner – UMC Tucson scored its highest rankings in a decade. The hospital fell back to No. 3 in the state behind Mayo Clinic (Scottsdale), No. 1, and Banner – UMC Phoenix, No. 2—last year, it tied BUMCP at No. 2. Also last year, it had four nationally ranked specialties, four high-performing specialties and five high-performing adult procedures/conditions.

On a positive note, kidney care was back in the top 50 after Nephrology was left off last year’s national rankings but scored as “high performing.” It also made the top 50 in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 U.S. News Best Hospital rankings.

Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury"Our national ranking in nephrology is a testament to the hard work of the entire kidney team (nurses, technicians, physicians, our community nephrology partners and many others)," said division chief Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD. "Our goal is to provide patient-centered, kidney care that is second to none, to the Southern Arizona community—and we are delighted our program has been recognized for the same. We aim to continue to grow our clinical, teaching and research programs over the coming years, and thank our community for their support."

Geriatrics fell out of the top 50 for the first time since 2010-11—a six-year run where it ranked as high as No. 33 in the national rankings. It still is rated as “high performing.”

Lawrence J. Mandarino, PhDEndocrinology chief Larry Mandarino, PhD, underscored that, regardless of a specialty's or procedure's placement on the "Best Hospitals" list, our clinical teams should always strive to do better.

"We are pleased that U.S. News & World Report recognizes the hard work put in by our clinical faculty. We hope that continued improvements in the Division of Endocrinology will elevate us even higher in these rankings," Dr. Mandarino said.

National rankings are announced only for the top 50 facilities in each adult specialty for more than 4,500 medical centers evaluated nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 top 50 specialty areas, just 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty this year.

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Click here for Banner Health's news post on the rankings:

“Banner – UMC Tucson Among U.S. News ‘Best Hospitals’ Led by Internal Medicine” | Posted Aug. 8, 2017
"U.S. News ‘Best Hospital’ Issue Delayed Due to Data Recalculations" (see rankings for past decade) | Posted Aug. 3, 2017

Release Date: 
08/15/2018 - 3:45pm