The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) gained ground in numerous specialty categories and is once again ranked among the nation's top-rated hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 "Best Hospitals" rankings.
UMMC's cancer specialty shot up 11 spots to No. 11 in 2012-13, up from No. 22 last year. The diabetes and endocrinology specialties rose 16 places to No.11 in 2012-13, up from No. 29 last year. The nephrology specialty, which includes UMMC's well-known kidney transplant program, rose 18 spots up to No. 9 in 2012-13 from No. 27 last year. Urology specialty jumped 29 places up to No. 15 in 2012-13 from No. 44 last year.
Top-50 designations were earned in a total of nine specialties. Other strides came in cardiology and heart surgery specialties, which moved up four spots to No. 27. The ear, nose and throat specialty moved up 14 spots to No. 24. The gynecology (No. 49) and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 48) specialties both made the top 50, and the pulmonary specialty is ranked No. 26. While not ranked in the top 50, UMMC also is recognized by the magazine as high-performing in gastroenterology, geriatrics, and orthopedics specialties.
"The 2012-13 rankings exemplify what we strive for every day -- the advancement of 'medicine on a mission,'" says Jeffrey A. Rivest, FACHE, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center. "Our commitment to providing the best in patient care is unwavering, and making patients' lives better is our most valued reward. We are honored to see our national prominence rising in the highly respected U.S. News rankings."
The hospital rankings, says U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow, 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. "All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care," says Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases." The complete rankings and methodology are available here.
"These new rankings demonstrate the power of partnership between the Medical Center and the School of Medicine, working together to drive great patient outcomes through the application of research and cutting-edge science," says E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president of medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. All physicians on staff at the Medical Center are faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The University of Maryland Medical Center is a 779-bed teaching hospital in Baltimore and the flagship institution of the 11-hospital University of Maryland Medical System.
As a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation, patients are referred nationally and regionally for advanced medical, surgical and critical care. It also has one of the nation's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.