University of Rochester Medical Center - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

University of Rochester (N.Y.) Medical Center. University of Rochester Medical Center was founded in 1921 after two men, Abraham Flexner and Benjamin Rush Rhees, MD, pushed for the idea of a medical school and hospital at a university. One of the first people to help fund URMC was George Eastman, founder of photography company Eastman Kodak. 

University-of-Rochester-Medical-Center--factURMC is ranked as the top hospital in the Rochester metro area, according to U.S. News & World Report, and the academic medical center is nationally ranked in six adult specialties. U.S. News also said the Magnet-designated hospital is high-performing in six other specialties. At the core of URMC is its 739-bed flagship Strong Memorial Hospital. The other components, the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, have received almost $1.3 billion in research funding over the past five years.

Accomplishments run aplenty at URMC. Strong Memorial's liver transplant program hosts more than 200 surgeries per year, making it one of the three largest transplant programs in the country. URMC's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is a national hub for radiosurgery and radiation oncology research. In addition, URMC scientists created a vaccine that essentially wiped out a leading cause of meningitis among preschoolers.


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