LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 17, 2012) — University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been ranked No. 1 in Kentucky in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2012-13 released today. This is the first time state rankings have been included in the listing giving consumers a way to compare hospitals to other neighboring institutions across the state. The rankings are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.
“This acknowledges the hard work of our health care team in providing the highest quality patient care in the commonwealth and our efforts in making great strides toward our goal of being one of the premier academic medical centers in the country,” said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “We are committed to offering world-class advanced subspecialty care such as transplants, complex cardiovascular surgeries, innovative cancer treatments and pediatric subspecialties so a patient and their family never have to leave their home state to receive even the most complex medical care.”
In addition to the top hospital ranking in the state, UK Chandler Hospital was nationally ranked in orthopaedics and listed as “High Performing” in 10 specialty areas. These clinical areas include Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pulmonology, and Urology. Overall, UK was among 140 of the 4,825 U.S. hospitals ranked in one or more 16 specialties.
“For our employees, this gives us one more opportunity to recognize you and say thank you for the great work you do every day to make people’s lives better,” said Ann Smith, chief administrator at UK Chandler Hospital. “It truly takes a team to provide the advanced, innovative care we give our patients and I hope each of you take pride in knowing that because of your dedication our team is no. 1.”
The hospital rankings 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, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “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.”
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 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.