UT Medical Center ranks nationally
The University of Tennessee Medical Center has been ranked among the top hospitals in the country and second in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report's latest list of Best Hospitals.
The annual ranking is a significant improvement from previous years for the 511-bed hospital, which has been undergoing "a deliberate and intense effort" to provide the highest caliber of care available, UT Medical Center President and CEO Joe Landsman said.
"It's an independent validation that we are achieving our goals," Landsman said. "It's been a long journey for us. We feel like we're making good progress."
The hospital was ranked nationally in two specialties: 31st in gynecology and 34th in pulmonology.
It also was recognized in 10 other specialties — cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; and urology — as "high performing."
"It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes," the report said.
In Tennessee, the UT Medical Center placed behind Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which was nationally ranked in 11 specialties.
Only hospitals with the top 50 scores in each specialty were ranked. UT Medical Center and Vanderbilt were among 148 hospitals with that distinction.
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge ranked fifth in the state, scoring high performing in eight specialties.
To be eligible, hospitals must be a teaching hospital; affiliated with a medical school; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds and offer at least four of eight specific medical technologies, such as a PET/CT scanner and certain precise radiation therapies. This year, 46 percent of all hospitals met the criteria.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel