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US News & World Report Ranks URMC Hospital #1 in Metro Area

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The University of Rochester Medical Center’s (URMC) Strong Memorial Hospital has been ranked first in the greater Rochester area in US News & World Report’s first-ever Best Regional Hospitals 2010-11 ranking. The new rankings, available today on the magazine’s website (, include selected hospitals in 52 metropolitan areas with over one million residents. 

The Best Regional Hospitals listing recognizes hospitals that score within the top 25 percent of all 4,852 eligible hospitals ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. URMC’s scores reached that high-performance threshold in 11 of 16 specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology

With its long tradition of excellence in women’s health, Highland Hospital is also ranked in gynecology. In addition, Rochester General appears on the list in several specialties. The regional rankings do not include children’s hospitals, although Golisano Children’s Hospital is already nationally ranked by the magazine for pediatric orthopaedic care (29th best) and neuromedicine (30th best).

For 20 years, US News & World Report has ranked hospitals annually on a combination of factors including reputation, number of patients treated, survival rate, technology, and other variables. Four specialties – psychiatry, ophthalmology, rehabilitation, and rheumatology – are scored solely on the basis of reputation among a small national sample of physicians and do not include quality measures. The new regional rankings are based on scores released last July. 

“We know from our own analysis of US News’ methodology that a number of URMC’s programs – including gynecology, urology, and kidney disease – are among the top 60 in the nation,” said Robert Panzer, M.D., URMC chief quality officer. “So being recognized in 11 of the 12 specialties that include a quality component validates our efforts to consistently improve the quality and safety of our patients’ care and be at the level of the best programs nationally.”

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