University Hospital - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014
University Hospital (Salt Lake City). University Hospital, the flagship facility of Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health Care, opened to the public in 1965 as the University of Utah Medical Center. After several expansions and additions, the hospital has become a beacon for both high-quality patient care in Utah and breakthrough medical research as an affiliate of the University of Utah School of Medicine.
University Hospital has received high marks in orthopedics, stroke, ophthalmology, cancer, radiology, fertility, cardiology, genetic-related diseases and organ transplant from U.S. News & World Report and other organizations. In 2011, the University HealthSystem Consortium's annual quality and accountability study ranked the hospital in the top 10 of all academic medical centers in the country.
More than 1,100 physicians are affiliated with University Hospital and the UUHC system, and the hospital has 10 community clinics and several specialty centers within its reach. Numerous medical feats and discoveries have occurred within the confines of the medical center: University of Utah heart surgeons have transplanted more than 250 artificial hearts since 1996, including the world's first destination artificial heart transplant. The hospital is also a hub for research, some of which has been highly recognized. For instance, Mario Capecchi, PhD, a biophysicist within the University of Utah, won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in molecular genetics. He and two others created a genetically engineered mouse, called a "knockout mouse," which has certain genes turned off through a "targeted mutation."
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