UAB Medicine News
With Eight Highly Ranked Specialties, U.S. News Again Calls UAB Best Hospital in Alabama
UAB Hospital was again named the best hospital in Alabama by U.S. News & World Report. Eight adult specialties are ranked among the best in the nation. The magazine also notes UAB Hospital as “high-performing” in 16 of 20 assessed adult procedures/conditions in the 2022-2023 Best Hospital rankings, released today.
Ranked programs include obstetrics and gynecology at No. 5 and rheumatology at No. 10. Other ranked specialties are rehabilitation at No. 20; ear, nose and throat at No. 22; cardiology/heart surgery at No. 31; geriatrics at No. 36; diabetes and endocrinology at No. 40, and pulmonology/lung surgery at No. 50. Three programs, cancer, neurology/neurosurgery, and gastroenterology/GI surgery, were classified as high-performing.
U.S. News also rates hospitals in 20 adult procedures/conditions. UAB Hospital was rated as “high-performing,” the highest classification, in 16 areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip fracture, kidney failure, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR.
The Best Hospitals specialty rankings assess hospital performance in 15 specialties or specialty areas. In 13 of these, rankings are determined by an extensive data-driven analysis combining performance measures in three primary dimensions of health care: structure, process/expert opinion, and outcomes. In the three other specialties, ranking relies solely on expert opinion.
The structural measures include hospital volume, nurse staffing and other resources that define the hospital environment. The data source for most structural measures is the American Hospital Association Annual Survey. Additional resources include the National Cancer Institute’s list of NIH-designated cancer centers and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s roster of Nurse Magnet hospitals.