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Suzanne Winchester

Manager, Media Relations, University of Utah Health Communications and Marketing
Phone: 801.581.3102

Aug 08, 2017 9:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—U.S. News & World Report has released its 2017-2018 Best Hospital Rankings. For the fourth consecutive year, University of Utah Hospital was ranked No. 1 in Utah and in the Salt Lake City metro area.  University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) was also ranked number 38 in the country for cancer care, while the university’s Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialty was ranked 18th nationwide.

Additionally, University of Utah Health was recognized as “high-performing” in the following specialties: nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

“These latest results confirm the years of top rankings University of Utah Health has received in quality and patient satisfaction in the nation, including our recent #1 in Quality designation,” said Gordon Crabtree, Interim CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “I congratulate all our specialists and primary care providers for their diligent work in delivering high-quality care to patients in our community.”

The top 20 ranking in the Ear, Nose, and Throat category recognizes care provided for a range of common health issues to complex, chronic health challenges, including cold, allergies, and swallowing therapy. “Our recognition in the ENT specialty is particularly well-deserved, and we are extremely proud to be so highly lauded by U.S. News in this category,” said Clough Shelton, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at University of Utah Health.

HCI climbed nine positions over its 2016-2017 rank in the cancer specialty. “It is a great honor to see HCI again acknowledged as one of the top cancer hospitals in the U.S.,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of HCI. “Our patient satisfaction surveys have frequently placed the cancer center in the top percentile nationally. It is gratifying to see HCI included in such a distinguished peer group of hospitals through this rigorous assessment of our cancer care programs.”

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 152 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

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

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About University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the state of Utah, and provides patient care for the people of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and much of Nevada. It is the training ground for most of Utah’s physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other health care professionals. With an annual budget of $3.3 billion, U of U Health is a highly complex academic health sciences system comprised of the Hospitals and Clinics; University of Utah Medical Group; Huntsman Cancer Institute; the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry; Colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy; Eccles Health Sciences Library; the Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute; and Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP). Excellence in patient care, education, and research is vital to the overall mission of the organization. Staffed by more than 18,000 employees, U of U Health has evolved to be recognized nationally as a highly innovative and transformative health care system.

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 operates several clinics that focus on patients with a family history of cancer. 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. HCI scientists have identified more genes for inherited cancers than 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 9 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. The institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman. Mr. Huntsman is a Utah philanthropist, industrialist, and cancer survivor.

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