100 Great Hospitals - 81-100




Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). With Blue Distinction Center status for five different specialties and the first to establish an adult celiac center in Philadelphia, the scope of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's healthcare impact is far-reaching in the City of Brotherly Love. The 969-bed Magnet facility is partnered with some of the most experienced orthopedic experts in the country at the Rothman Institute and The Philadelphia Hand Center. This month, Jefferson became the first hospital in the region to perform sialendoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure in which stones are surgically removed from the salivary gland.

UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco). Considered to be the number one hospital in the San Francisco area by U.S. News & World Report, UCSF Medical Center is the second largest recipient nationwide of grants from the National Institutes of Health. In a groundbreaking effort, UCSF Medical Center's heart failure program helped lower readmissions by 30 percent by providing patients with information and support for post-discharge. CEO Mark Laret was elected to serve as chair of the board for the Association of American Medical Colleges this past November, and his term will run until November 2012. Mr. Laret is also spearheading plans to build a $1.5 billion UCSF hospital complex in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco, which is expected to open in 2014.

University of Arizona Medical Center (Tucson, Ariz.).
On Jan. 8, 2011, the University of Arizona Medical Center trauma team took on one of the most daunting and time-sensitive cases at the time, as physicians treated and saved the lives of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz., who has since resigned) and others during the 2011 Tucson shooting. UAMC, which has the only Level I trauma center in Southern Arizona, has several instances of innovative care. The hospital has pioneered new treatments for patients with advanced abdominal cancer, and an orthopedic surgeon at the hospital also designed the world's first artificial wrist in 1976. Almost 20 years ago, UAMC also became one of the first hospitals to use stereotactic radiosurgery to destroy a tumor surrounding the spine.

University of Chicago Medical Center. The University of Chicago Medical Center plays home to some of the most advanced care and established history in the advancement of medicine. UCMC and University of Chicago Medicine have provided medical breakthroughs on almost every front, including hormone therapy for cancer, diabetes treatment, the introduction of the gastroscope, public health studies, organ transplantation and more. UCMC is more than 85 percent complete with its 10-story "hospital for the future," which will contain 240 inpatient rooms and a hub for complex specialty care dealing with cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgery and high-tech medical imaging. Last June, the American Medical Association named former UCMC CEO James Madara, MD, as its executive vice president and CEO.

University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora, Colo.).
Clinical care at the University of Colorado Hospital has been recognized as some of the most advanced in both the Western United States and the country as a whole. UCH performed world's first liver transplant and was also the first in the country to conduct human cell cloning to study genetics and cancer. The Magnet-designated hospital also contains the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Rocky Mountain region, and two UCH physicians were recently named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators to study the many areas of biomedical research. UCH completed a joint operating agreement with Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colo., this past February, creating the University of Colorado Health.

University Hospital (Ann Arbor, Mich.). University Hospital, part of the University of Michigan Health System, is one of the top hospitals in the Detroit metro area and is one of the first hospitals to be part of the CMS' Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program. University Hospital, the first university-owned medical facility in the United States, is home to several medical firsts, including the world's first successful lung removal. University Hospital's parent system finalized an affiliation agreement with Novi, Mich.-based Trinity Health this March, and the two systems will collaborate on inpatient hospital capacity, high-complexity care for seriously ill patients and other services.  

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland). A Magnet-recognized hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is one of the top facilities in Cleveland. The Joint Commission and the Leapfrog Group have recognized UH Case Medical Center among the nation's top performers on key quality measures and patient outcomes last year. The opening of the Center for Emergency Medicine last July completed UH's $1.2 billion fundraising and construction project.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa). The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a focal point in the Midwest for numerous procedures and treatments. The Magnet hospital's Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Iowa designated as "comprehensive" by the National Cancer Institute. UIHC is one of the most active major transplant centers in the country — it performed more than 515 organ and tissue transplants in fiscal year 2011. UIHC is preparing to open a new $12 million cancer clinic, which will include 37 exam rooms and space for research.

University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City, Kan.). Last year, the University of Kansas Hospital received the University HealthSystems Consortium Quality Leadership Award, which recognizes top performance in delivering high-quality care among academic medical centers. In addition, the hospital earned six Beacon Awards for Critical Care Excellence in 2010 — more than any other hospital in the United States that year. In March 2011, KU Hospital partnered with U.S. Oncology's Kansas City Cancer Center to create an outpatient cancer care organization, and it also opened its new Adelaide C. Ward Women's Heart Health Center this March.

University of Maryland Medical Center (Baltimore).
Within the Baltimore area, Maryland and the country as a whole, the University of Maryland Medical Center has made a lasting imprint in how it delivers quality care. UMMC, which is also one of the most environmentally advanced and responsible organizations as ranked by Practice Greenhealth, was the first institution in the world to receive the Outstanding Facility Achievement Award in Perioperative Nursing from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses. Last June, UMMC's surgical intensive care unit sustained a rate of zero central line-associated bloodstream infections for a 25-week period, mainly due to the dedication and oversight of appointed infection control nurses.

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview (Minneapolis). The teaching hospital of the University of Minnesota Medical School, this 1,700-bed hospital has been home to many medical milestones, such as world's first open heart surgery in 1952. UM Medical Center is Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence and includes roughly 1,600 physicians. U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital first in the Minneapolis metropolitan area in 2011. The hospital was recently recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services for its work in heart and kidney transplantation, an honor based on one-year post-transplant survival rates of recipients.

University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, Va.). The University of Virginia Medical Center today is vastly different from when it first started to provide patient care and medical education in 1825. UVA Medical Center started as a dispensary and surgery center until 1901, when it finally became a 25-bed hospital with three operating rooms. Now, the UVA Medical Center is 570 beds, has a Level I trauma center and encompasses nationally recognized cancer and heart centers. UVA researchers are also on the forefront of medical advances. This year, neurosurgeons discovered that focused ultrasound appears to be as effective at treating essential tremor as traditional surgery.

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle). Ranked as the top hospital in the Seattle area by U.S. News & World Report, the University of Washington Medical Center has won the Environmental Leadership Circle Award for the past five years from Practice Greenhealth, proving UW Medical Center is a vanguard for both hospital sustainability and top environmental practices in the delivery of healthcare. UW Medical Center physicians established the world's first multidisciplinary pain center and spearheaded the U.S. portion of a World Health Organization pilot project, concluding complications from surgery dropped significantly when medical teams use surgical checklists. The Magnet-designated hospital also broke ground on plans for a larger neonatal intensive care unit, which is expected to open this year.

University of Wisconsin Hospital (Madison, Wis.). The University of Wisconsin Hospital, part of UW Health and the UW Hospital and Clinics, is lauded for several key hospital specialties, including cardiology, oncology and neurosciences. The Heart and Vascular Care program has been nationally ranked by both Thomson Reuters and the University HealthSystem Consortium, and the Magnet hospital has also been the site for many research developments and medical firsts. UW spine medicine specialists also performed the first minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery in the world in 1993, and more recently, UW physicians demonstrated that virtual colonoscopy is as effective as conventional colonoscopy in routine screening for colon cancer.

UPMC Presbyterian (Pittsburgh). UPMC Presbyterian is the 1,601-bed flagship institution of the UPMC health system. In 2010, UPMC Presbyterian was one of the top grossing hospitals in America, recording more than $10.18 billion in total patient revenue. The hospital, which is physically connected to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is a renowned center for organ transplantation and a recognized leader in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, critical care medicine, trauma services and neurosurgery. UPMC Presbyterian also is designated as a Level I trauma center and operates around the world in Italy, Ireland and Qatar.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tenn.). When it comes to academic medical centers, few in the country are as highly esteemed as the Magnet-designated Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A former Studer Group Firestarter hospital, VUMC is one of the top medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, receiving more than $445 million for a slew of research initiatives for fiscal year 2010. This past September, VUMC affiliated with three other Tennessee hospitals — Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, NorthCrest Medical Center in Springfield and Williamson Medical Center in Franklin — to improve the cost-effectiveness of patient care through regional partnerships.

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (Richmond, Va.). The 865-bed VCU Medical Center is a regional referral center for the state and is the region's only Level I trauma center. The Magnet-designated hospital also encompasses the VCU Massey Cancer Center, which was designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974 and has kept that recognition since. Cardiologists at the VCU Pauley Heart Center have focused their research efforts on novel strategies for protecting the heart from injuries associated with cardiac ischemia. The National Association for Female Executives also named VCU Medical Center's parent organization, VCU Health System, as a top 10 non-profit organization for executive women.

Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio). This past February, The Ohio State University Medical Center was renamed Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in honor of benefactor Leslie H. Wexner. Although the Magnet hospital has taken on a new name, it still performs as one of the top organizations in the country. The Wexner Medical Center is one of only five U.S. academic medical centers recognized as a "Top Performer" by the University HealthSystem Consortium. In addition, the hospital has made several medical research breakthroughs in the study of breast cancer treatment, gene therapy for Parkinson's disease, vascular health and more.

Winchester (Mass.) Hospital. In 2011, Winchester Hospital received a slew of awards for its quality care, including the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Winchester Hospital was also a 2011 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital and earned Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Last May, the hospital broke ground on a new ambulatory surgery center to provide services in orthopedics, urology, gynecology, otolaryngology and other outpatient surgeries.

Yale-New Haven (Conn.) Hospital.
Yale-New Haven Hospital, one of the oldest hospitals in the country and the first in the state of Connecticut, is the 966-bed teaching facility of the Yale School of Medicine. Yale-New Haven has a long list of medical firsts, including the first use of chemotherapy as a cancer treatment in the United States and the first development of an artificial heart pump, which is now displayed at the Smithsonian. The Magnet-designated hospital signed an agreement with Yale University and the University College of London this past October in a global effort to improve the human condition through translational medicine. In September, the hospital announced plans to merge with Hospital of Saint Raphael, also in New Haven, to create a hospital with two campuses. The proposed deal would create the state's largest hospital.


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