The University of Tennessee Medical Center Recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’ Edition
July 31, 2019 – Knoxville, Tenn. – For the eighth consecutive year, The University of Tennessee Medical Center earned recognition in the “Best Hospitals” edition of U.S. News & World Report. The 2019-2020 report ranks the medical center as best regional hospital in the Eastern Tennessee region, best in the Knoxville metro area, and No. 2 (tie) in the state of Tennessee, based on its patient care performance and other key factors. The adult care specialty of nephrology at the medical center received national recognition, deemed by the publication as a high performing service.
The publication also recognizes the medical center as high performing in seven Common Adult Procedures and Conditions Ratings assessed in the survey:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Colon cancer surgery
- Heart failure
- Hip replacement
- Knee replacement
- Lung cancer surgery
“Our physicians, team members and volunteers constantly strive to improve on behalf of the patients and community we serve,” said Joe Landsman, president and CEO of The University of Tennessee Medical Center. “Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing outstanding, high-quality care for our patients is why the medical center earned recognition in the Best Hospitals edition of U.S. News, and we’re proud to receive this attention. I know our team doesn’t work this hard for the recognition, they do so because they want to provide the best care possible for our patients and the community.”
Because of its independent analysis, the annual ranking by U.S. News is considered as an unbiased source for determining safety and quality in the medical field. Now in its 30th year, the Best Hospitals report recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients facing the greatest health challenges. The information is designed to help patients make informed decisions as they seek information about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.
The rankings from the annual report were produced by U.S. News with nationally recognized research firm RTI International. The methodologies are largely based on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, quality of nursing, and other care-related indicators.
“In the three decades since U.S. News began evaluating hospitals, we periodically have revamped our measures to enhance the decision support our rankings and ratings provide to patients,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “This year we revised the methodology to incorporate new measures of patient-centered care and to enhance how we account for differences in hospitals’ patient populations. The new model provides a more comprehensive assessment that is useful to patients, families, and their medical professionals.”
For the 2019-2020 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. The “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook is scheduled to be published in September. Visit Best Hospitals for more information about the rankings.