Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors


  • The South Jordan Health Center, the U’s newest multispecialty center, opened in January. It features primary care, specialty care, and a 24-hour emergency room.


  • University of Utah Health Care was ranked the No. 1 health care system in the Salt Lake City metro area, according U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospitals rankings.
  • For the 18th time, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the U among the top hospitals and health systems in the country. In 2011, the U’s services in gynecology and ear, nose, and throat (ENT) were ranked 47th and 50th in the nation by the magazine. It also called out “high-performing” areas including urology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonary, and cancer care.
  • For the second year in a row University of Utah Health Care ranked in the top 10 of all academic medical centers in the country, according to the University HealthSystem Consortium’s annual quality and accountability study.
  • University of Utah heart surgeons have transplanted nearly 250 artificial hearts (ventricular assist devices) since 1996, with 155 of these in the last 3 years. The program is famous for performing the world’s first destination artificial heart transplant for Barney Clark in 1982.
  • The U’s AirMed flight program, the state’s only air emergency service that offers obstetrics care, celebrated its first in-flight birth.
  • The Hospital at Huntsman Cancer Institute opened an expanded wing featuring four new operating suites, 50 additional inpatient beds, and an MRI on rails that allows for real-time imaging of brain cancer patients during surgery. In 2011, Huntsman Cancer Institute also renewed its status as a National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest national standards for cancer care and research. 
  • The University Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) expanded to include more than 80 new inpatient beds, filling a critical need in the community for more mental health services. UNI features the country’s only MRI housed in a mental health treatment facility that is used for imaging studies for autism, depression, and the teenage brain. 
  • University Hospital opened the country’s only Faint and Fall Clinic. Doctors in cardiology, neurology and geriatrics work together to find answers to fainting and falling problems in patients, which account for a large number of emergency room visits and high health care costs.


  • University of Utah Health Care achieved the No. 1 ranking in University HealthSystem Consortium’s 2010 Quality and Accountability Study. The annual study compares 98 of the nation’s top academic medical centers and ranks them based on core quality measures, patient safety indicators, mortality rates, re-admission rates, and patient satisfaction scores. 


  • The Clinical Neurosciences Center was recognized among the nation’s top neuroscience programs, receiving the highest designation as a Neuroscience Center of Excellence (COE), according to the Neuroscience Center of Excellence Survey, conducted by NeuStrategy, Inc.


  • University of Utah Health Care's gynecologic and cancer care rated 21st and 40th in the country in U.S. News & World Reports' 19th annual survey of America's Best Hospitals. The rankings place University Health Care among the nation's top providers for the 15th time.
  • University of Utah Hospital received the Consumer’s Choice Award for the 10th consecutive year by National Research Corporation. University Hospital also received recognition for Best Overall Quality, Best Image and Reputation, and Best Doctors and Nurses. The results were published in Modern Healthcare Magazine.
  • University Hospital’s AirMed received awards for Pediatric Incident of the Year, Outstanding Response in a Specific Incident, and Outstanding Search and Rescue Incident during the 2008 Utah Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
  • University Hospital became the first hospital in Utah and 73rd in the nation to receive official designation as “Baby Friendly,” an international initiative recognizing facilities that create the best possible environment for successful breastfeeding.


  • University of Utah Hospital was named one of the country's best hospitals by the National Research Corporation (NRC). In the annual competition, University Hospital received the 2007/08 Consumer Choice Award for the Salt Lake City area for its high quality and image.
  • University Hospital was recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by Cleverly & Associates in their 2007 State of Hospital Industry report. The ranking assesses a hospital’s value to the community through its financial strength and performance. University Hospital is the only Utah hospital to make the top 100 list.
  • University of Utah Health Care Stroke Center was awarded a certificate by the American Heart Association for the Gold Performance Achievement Award." This is the highest level of award given by AHA and indicates Sustained Performance Achievement (two years or more of high performance).
  • AirMed voted International Program of the Year by The Association of Air Medical Services, which represents nearly 500 medical transport programs worldwide. AirMed was recognized for its superior level of patient care, quality leadership, safety, and commitment to the community.


  • University Hospital was ranked in the top 10 nationally by the University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability rankings. This ranking “assesses organizational performance across a broad spectrum of high priority dimensions of patient care.” Specifically, they look at safety, mortality, effectiveness, and equity.