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January 28, 2011

UVA Health System specialties honored by U.S. News

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Three medical specialties at the University of Virginia Health System are ranked in the 20 th annual survey of “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report . The listings appear in the magazine’s July 21 issue and can be found online at .

UVA specialties ranked in this year’s guide are: endocrinology (12); cancer (39); and ear, nose, & throat (47). UVA’s endocrinology (hormonal disorders) program has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top programs by U.S. News since the 1990s.

“We are honored to have medical specialties continually ranked among the best in the nation by our peers and U.S. News’ measures of excellence. UVA Health System is committed to providing outstanding healthcare to our patients and the communities we serve,” said R. Edward Howell, vice president and chief executive office of the UVA Medical Center.

According to U.S. News , out of 4,861 hospitals studied, only 3.5 percent, 174 in all, are ranked in one or more of the 16 specialties in this year’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”   Ranked hospitals tend to offer more advanced treatments, use new research in patient care and conduct more research that gives critically ill patients better options in their treatment.

“Our patients and their families place a sacred trust in our faculty and staff to provide them with the highest quality medical care possible. At the University of Virginia Health System, we are committed to providing innovative treatments and compassionate care to all patients, and that is the standard we seek to be measured against,” said Steven T. DeKosky, MD, vice president and dean of the UVA School of Medicine.

Most ranked institutions follow and pioneer new treatment guidelines, according to the U.S. News website. They also conduct bench-to-bedside research and exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices, and other technologies.

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