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Suzanne Winchester

Associate Director , Public Relations, University of Utah Health
Phone: 801-581-3102

Aug 14, 2018 12:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY—U.S. News & World Report has released its 2018-2019 Best Hospital Rankings. For the fifth 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 in the top 50 in the country for cancer care, while the university’s Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialty was ranked 31th nationwide. In addition the department of gynecology made their first appearance in the top 50, coming in at number 32.

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

“We credit our ongoing success to the talented men and women who devote their lives to providing some of the best care science has to offer,” said Gordon Crabtree, CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “They take great pride in going above and beyond for patients, and in furthering the goals of our institution. This is evidenced not only with this award but also in our designation as one of Forbes best large employers earlier this year.

This is the first year the university’s Gynecology specialty has ranked in the top 50. The department offers care to women throughout their lifespans: from contraceptive services, to pap smears and mammograms, and even menopause management. Women can choose from a wide range of gynecological specialists, family medicine providers, and certified nurse midwives to develop personalized care plans. “The department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is proud of our recognition by U.S. News & World report and by our hospitals ranking for quality,” said Robert Silver, MD, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of individuals working every day to provide the best possible women's health care.”

The university’s ranking in the Ear, Nose, and Throat category recognizes care provided for a range of common health issues to complex, chronic health challenges including sinus problem and hearing loss, to head and neck cancer and skull base tumors.  “Our ENT specialists are particularly well-deserving of this recognition, and we are extremely proud to be included in this category for the second year in a row and for the fourth time since 2010,” said Clough Shelton, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology at University of Utah Health.

This is the third year in a row HCI has ranked in the top 50 in the cancer specialty. “We are gratified that the University of Utah is once again recognized as among the very best in the nation in providing state-of-the-art cancer care,” said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of HCI. “Everything we do at HCI is designed to provide the highest level of leading-edge, compassionate care to cancer patients and their families. Our cancer care programs excel because they are fully integrated with research that pushes us to discover ways to detect cancer earlier, to treat it better, and wherever possible, to prevent it outright.” 

For the 2018-19 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