Jul 28, 2020 10:00 AM

U.S. News and World Report has again named Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) among the top cancer hospitals in the nation.

For the 2020–21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide. These hospitals were reviewed across a variety of clinical data points, including national reputation, quality, patient safety, and access to advanced treatment technologies. Among the thousands of hospitals analyzed, HCI was ranked 41 in the nation for cancer care. HCI is the only hospital in Utah to be recognized among the top 50 in the nation for cancer care.  

“We are honored to receive this ranking by U.S. News and World Report,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of HCI and associate vice president for cancer affairs at the U of U. “Our community at Huntsman Cancer Institute is united in our commitment to improve the standard of care for cancer patients and their families. It is gratifying to see these efforts stand up against a rigorous analysis that affirms patients in Utah and the Mountain West have access to the best cancer care available in the country.” 

The only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country of any such center. The region spans Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Nevada. 

“At Huntsman Cancer Institute, one of our guiding principles is ‘The patient and community first,’” said John Ward, MD, physician in chief at HCI and professor of internal medicine at the U of U. “I want to express my gratitude to our extraordinary cancer care teams at HCI. This recognition reflects the exceptional level of care they provide to our patients and their families.” 

U.S. News evaluated several aspects of cancer care to arrive at their list of the best cancer hospitals in the country, noting, “Tobe nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients.” In their analysis, HCI received the highest possible scores in patient outcomes, patient experience, and access to advanced technologies and services for cancer patients. Status as an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and certification by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy were also factored into the rank as reflections of the high standard of care provided at HCI. 

HCI is part of University of Utah Health, which was recognized as the top health system in both Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area for the seventh year in a row. 

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Ashlee Harrison
Public Relations – Huntsman Cancer Institute

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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