UW hospitals is state’s top hospital in US News and World Report rankings

August 2, 2016

UW Hospital and Clinics is the state’s top hospital for the fifth consecutive year and is among the nation’s top 50 hospitals in nine medical and surgical specialties, one fewer than last year, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest rankings released Tuesday.

UW’s national rankings in the specialties are cancer, 43rd; gastroenterology/GI surgery, 30th; geriatrics, 30th; gynecology, 13th; nephrology, 28th; neurology and neurosurgery, 40th; orthopedics, 50th; pulmonology, 33rd; and urology, 21st. UW last year ranked 49th in ear, nose and throat but did not rank in the category this year.

UW also rated high-performing for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hip and knee replacements and lung cancer surgery.

St. Mary’s Hospital ranked sixth among Wisconsin hospitals, up two spots from last year. The hospital received high-performing marks for AAA, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), congestive heart failure (CHF), colon cancer surgery, COPD, and hip and knee replacements.

Meriter Hospital finished in a five-way tie for seventh, an improvement from its eighth- place ranking last year. It earned high-performing ratings for care of CHF, COPD, and hip and knee replacements.

Mercy Health Hospital in Janesville ranked fourth in the state, a three-place improvement from 2015. Mercy also ranked 29th nationally in urology and received a high-performing specialty ranking in nephrology. Mercy also received high-performing marks for CHF, COPD and colon care.

No Wisconsin hospitals made the 2016-17 Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Topping that list was Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed by Cleveland Clinic; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; and UCLA Medical Center.

This is the 27th list of hospital rankings released by U.S. News and World Report, which compared nearly 5,000 hospitals around the country.