July 28, 2020
Kansas City, Kan. — For the 11th consecutive year, The University of Kansas Hospital is the Best Hospital in Kansas City according to U.S. News & World Report. It is also the Best Hospital in Kansas for the 9th time. It is the only hospital to ever receive these honors.
The University of Kansas Hospital is also nationally ranked among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in 6 specialties. In addition, 5 specialties are ranked as high-performing, which places them among the nation’s top 10%.
U.S. News reviewed data from 4,554 hospitals to create this year’s rankings. Only 134 hospitals were recognized in 1 or more specialties.
U.S. News rankings are based on a data-driven analysis of performance measures, including patient outcomes, nursing quality and the range of programs offered in a specialty. They are also based on program reputation. These rankings were created to help patients with the most complex conditions find the most advanced care.
The 2020-21 national rankings for The University of Kansas Hospital are:
- Ear, Nose & Throat (#17). It’s the 10th time this program has been recognized.
- Geriatrics (#29). This is the 10th time geriatrics has made the list.
- Nephrology (kidney) (#38). Nephrology has been on the list 11 times.
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#30). This specialty was listed for the 9th consecutive year.
- Pulmonology and Lung Cancer (#42). Pulmonology was ranked for the 11th year in a row.
- Urology (#42). Urology made the list for the 9th time.
The hospital is also listed as "high performing" in the following areas:
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery
- Diabetes and Endocrinology
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
The high performing ranking means the area scored in the top 10% of all hospitals receiving a score in these specialties.
"Our recognition as the best hospital in our city and state by U.S. News & World Report sends a strong message to patients, families and consumers about our commitment to quality. This year the message about our consistent performance is even more powerful," said Tammy Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN, president, Kansas City Division, and health system executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. "During this time of the novel coronavirus pandemic, knowing you can trust your healthcare team to always provide the highest quality, safest care is more important than ever. Patients and families can be confident they will receive the very best care at The University of Kansas Hospital."
"We never set out to win awards. Our focus is on ensuring we are always providing the highest quality, safest care – with exceptional patient satisfaction – to every patient and family we serve," said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer. "We are thrilled our hospital is once again being recognized as the best hospital in our city and state for the outstanding care delivered every day."