The U.S. News & World Report 2021-2022 Best Hospitals Rankings have rated University of Utah Hospital No. 1 in Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area for the eighth consecutive year. University of Utah's Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) ranked 30th in the country for cancer care, while the John A. Moran Eye Center ranked 11th in the country for ophthalmology care.
U.S. News evaluates the nation's top hospitals and 17 medical specialties annually. In addition to cancer and ophthalmology, U of U Health was listed in five "high performing" categories: gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; nephrology; orthopedics; psychiatry; pulmonology and lung surgery.
"Our entire organization is honored to be recognized for this esteemed award for the eighth successiveyear in a row", said Dan Lundergan, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer of University of Utah Health. "This accolade is for our committed medical teams and faculty that surpassed our expectations for exceptional patient care during this pandemic."
HCI was ranked 30th in the country for cancer care among more than 4,000 medical centers evaluated. This ranking an evaluation of quantitative measures, including patient safety, outcomes, research programs, and more, as well as a survey of physicians across the country. "We are honored to see the quality and impact of the cancer care we provide at Huntsman Cancer Institute again recognized among the top cancer programs in the country," said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of HCI. "While we dream to live in a world free of cancer, it is gratifying to know that, today, patients in the Mountain West have access to the best possible cancer care that is powered by the latest scientific knowledge."
This is the second year U.S News & World Report has ranked the Moran Eye Center, long designated as high performing, on its published list of the top eye centers in the nation. The ophthalmology ranking is determined entirely by expert opinion, based on responses from three years of surveys of ophthalmologists.
"We're grateful our peers recognize the Moran Eye Center is providing some of the best ophthalmic care the country has to offer," said Randall J Olson, MD, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Distinguished Professor and Chair and Moran CEO. "At Moran we provide comprehensive care with physicians who are extensively trained in all of our field's subspecialties. I couldn't be prouder of this recognition of their skill and dedication."
The Best Hospitals rankings are based on measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
For the 2021-2022 rankings, U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 4,750 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 17 specialty areas, 175 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.
The rankings for all hospitals and specialties are available at https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.