2011-12: U.S. News & World Report recognizes three of our hospitals

July 19, 2011
Today, U.S. News & World Report is recognizing the best hospitals in the nation and University of Minnesota Medical Center is among them and was ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Twin Cities metro area.

Fairview Southdale and Fairview Ridges hospitals also were ranked locally and recognized as high performing in a number of specialties. The magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” edition includes national rankings and the regional rankings for the 51 largest metro areas.

Medical center named in nine medical specialties
University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis is in some rather elite company, according to U.S. News & World Report. The news magazine’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey ranked the medical center among the nation's best in nine medical specialties, including:

  • cancer (23rd)
  • diabetes & endocrinology (36th)
  • ear, nose & throat (49th)
  • gastroenterology (25th)
  • nephrology (19th)
  • neurology & neurosurgery (36th)
  • orthopedics (34th)
  • pulmonology (18th)
  • urology (37th)

U.S. News also ranked the medical center No. 1 in the Twin Cities metro area.

Fairview Southdale recognized in six specialty areas
Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn., was recognized as high-performing in:

  • ear, nose & throat
  • geriatrics
  • gynecology
  • orthopedics
  • pulmonology
  • urology

Fairview Southdale also ranked No. 7 in the Twin Cities metro area. This is the first time Fairview Southdale Hospital has been recognized for this honor.

Fairview Ridges recognized in three specialty areas
Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn., was recognized as high-performing in:

  • ear, nose & throat
  • gynecology
  • pulmonology

Fairview Ridges was ranked No. 9 in the Twin Cities.

Basis for rankings
The “Best Hospitals” issue hits newsstands August 30th, but all the rankings are available right now at U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on certain measures including reputation, outcomes and other care-related factors like advanced technology and affiliation with a medical school.

In June, U.S. News ranked University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children’s hospitals in eight specialties including cancer and neonatology.  The hospital just opened a new facility on its Minneapolis west bank campus in April.
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