UAB Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014
UAB Hospital (Birmingham, Ala.). UAB Hospital was established in 1945 as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Today, the 1,046-bed facility stands as the centerpiece of UAB Health System and is the largest academic medical center in Alabama.
In its 2013-14 list, U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB Hospital as the top hospital in the state. The hospital, which records more than 47,000 discharges annually, was also among the top 50 in the nation for rheumatology, urology and nephrology. UAB Hospital was the first Magnet-designated hospital in Alabama, and more than 290 UAB physicians across 55 specialties were recently named to the 2012 list of the "Best Doctors in America."
UAB Hospital wears many hats. As a teaching facility, the hospital serves as a hub for molding the state's youngest physicians. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, also performs some of the most cutting-edge cancer research in Alabama. UAB Hospital also plays an important role as a safety-net provider: It is the only adult Level I trauma center in Alabama, and it is one of the only Level IV neonatal intensive care units in the South. The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital is also the nation's first and only Level I ocular trauma center, which treats 2,200 people every year for eye trauma.
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