Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC) captured the top Dallas-Fort Worth spot in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report annual Best Hospitals rankings, released today.
BUMC was nationally ranked in six specialties—gastroenterology, nephrology, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, and gynecology. UT Southwestern, which was No. 1 locally last year, slipped to No. 2, with national rankings in neurology and neurosurgery, and urology.
This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, highlights more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Complete 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.
The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The magazine said it altered its complicated rankings’ formula this year, placing less emphasis on an institution’s reputation—based on a survey of physicians who are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty—and more on quality measures such as mortality rates, nurse-to-patient ratio, and use of technology. The rankings also include data from the American Hospital Association.
Parkland Memorial Hospital, which was ranked No. 3 in last year’s rankings, fell to No. 7 in the area.
Baylor had five hospitals in the Top 10 in DFW—BUMC, Plano Medical Center at No. 4, All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth at No. 7, and Garland Medical Center and Irving Medical Center, tied at No. 10.
“The number of Baylor hospitals on the list shows the strength and breadth of the Baylor Health Care System,” said Joel Allison, president and CEO, Baylor Health Care System. “It is proof of our commitment to provide advanced, quality care to all the communities and patients we serve.”
Texas Health Resources had four hospitals in the Top 10 locally—Harris Methodist Fort Worth at No. 4, Presbyterian in Dallas at No. 5, Presbyterian Plano at No. 9, and Arlington Memorial, which tied for No. 10.
“This recognition speaks to the high quality care we deliver and represents the hard work and dedication of physicians, nurses and hospital leadership across our health care system,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources. “We’re honored to be recognized and proud to deliver each day on our mission of improving the health of the people in the communities we serve.”
Other ranked hospitals included Medical City Dallas at No. 3; JPS in Fort Worth tied for No. 10, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center at No. 14.
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas was nationally ranked in all 10 medical specialties evaluated by the magazine. Cook Children’s Medical Center was nationally ranked in six specialties.