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KU Hospital lands nine programs in U.S. News top-50 rankings

July 16, 2013


Looking back

Number of KU Hospital top-50 specialty programs in U.S. News rankings in the last five years:

2013: 9

2012: 10

2011: 6

2010: 6

2009: 3

Kansas University Hospital placed nine specialty programs in the latest U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospital” rankings released today, with its cancer program jumping into the top 30 in the country.

The hospital landed one fewer program on the top-50 lists than in 2012, as the urology program fell from its list after ranking No. 45 last year.

KU Hospital was the only hospital in the state of Kansas or the Kansas City metro area to land any programs in the magazine’s adult hospital rankings. (Children’s hospitals are ranked separately.)

The hospital’s top-50 programs this year are:

• Cancer: No. 27, up 10 spots from last year, making the list for the third year in a row.

• Cardiology and Heart Surgery: No. 23, up one; seventh straight year on list.

• Diabetes and Endocrinology: No. 38, same as last year; second straight year.

• Ear, Nose and Throat: No. 21, down one; fifth straight year.

• Gastroenterology: No. 19, up one; third straight year.

• Geriatrics: No. 18, down one; second straight year.

• Nephrology (kidney program): No. 35, down 20; fifth straight year.

• Neurology and Neurosurgery: No. 20, up two; second straight year.

• Pulmonology: No. 17, down two; fourth straight year.

The magazine listed three other KU Hospital programs as “high-performing,” meaning they landed in the top 25 percent: gynecology, orthopedics and urology. Two of the hospital’s other specialties are listed as “unranked”: ophthalmology and rheumatology.

According to U.S. News, the rankings are produced through an analysis of nearly 5,000 hospitals across the country in areas including patient survival rates, staffing levels and reputation among physicians.


LJD230 4 years, 11 months ago

KU Hospital did not make the honor roll of hospitals. Both the University of Iowa Hospitals and Barnes did achieve that distinction.

Given the diminished state funding of the medical school which, is primarily responsible for the reputation of the hospital, it will be interesting to see how well the hospital fares in next years rankings.

chicago95 4 years, 11 months ago

I appreciate LJW's inclusion of a link to US News' methodology, which offers readers an opportunity to compare US News' values and interests to their own. For example, 32.5% of US News' score is based on each hospital's current reputation among 200 randomly selected physicians in each specialty.

As more data become more widely accessible, more of these rankings will crop up. Each measures something slightly different, which may be daunting to potential patients. For example, the HospitalCompare website, operated by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, rates KUMC "No Different than U.S. National Rate" on most of its quality measures (related not only to Medicare and Medicaid patients,) but a little worse than average on "objects accidentally left in the body after surgery" and "blood infection from a catheter in a large vein."

The solution, I think, is to use these data to learn how to ask more nuanced questions than, "Who's Number 1?"

thinkks 4 years, 11 months ago

Both LDJ and Chicago95 are not paying attention. First, The University of Kansas Hospital ranked where it did soley on its patient outcomes and services. It's reputation points were miniscule. The hospital results are far more than the medical school, though the hospital is stronger when the medical school is stronger. It's about nursing, about the culture and about the focus of the entire operation. Actually, Chicago 95 would be interested to know the most thorough data driven survey, not limited to publicly available data, is the University HealthSystem Consortium's Patient Quality and Safety Survey to the top 100 academic hospitals. KU Hospital has ranked in the top 5 for four of the last five years. A true test is not how the hospital ranks at any one point in time, but how consistently it achieves a leadership position among its peers.

chicago95 4 years, 11 months ago

Why open with an ad hominem comment? We all miss stuff, but in this case I was quoting directly from "How We Ranked the Best Hospitals 2013-14: The facts and methodology behind the latest adult hospital rankings in 16 specialties," which would seem to refute thinkks' assertion that "University of Kansas Hospital ranked where it did solely on its patient outcomes and services." Thinkks' comments about the med school, the nursing and the culture are all well-taken, but are explicit value-judgements that may not be shared in equal measure by all. The University HealthSystem Consortium's survey is another fine effort, with its own strengths and weaknesses. My point was that we should not get hung up on which is the "best" hospital or the "best" ranking system, but rather to look under the hood to see what makes each produce the results that it does.

ravenjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

still no help for most of the state of Kansas in getting physicians. Rankings sound great

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