U.S. News & World Report recently released its ranking of the best hospitals in the U.S. for 2016 – 2017, placing UVA Medical Center as the number one hospital in Virginia and UVA Cancer Center among the top 50 cancer centers nationwide. These distinctions are a testament to the commitment UVA has to excellence in patient care. “Being acknowledged as the top hospital in Virginia highlights the significant work we have devoted to putting patients first and developing the culture and skills necessary to be the safest place to receive care and deliver excellence in all that we do,” said Reid B. Adams, MD, associate director of clinical affairs at UVA Cancer Center.
UVA’s Rankings Explained
The report takes into account certain factors when determining the top hospitals in the U.S., including patient safety, survival and volume, nurse staffing and hospital reputation. In the latest report, UVA Cancer Center ranked 31 of the top 50 cancer specialty programs, placing the cancer center within the top 2 to 3 percent of programs nationwide.
“This puts us on par with the best and most recognized cancer programs in the country.” said UVA Cancer Center director Thomas P. Loughran, Jr., MD. “Indeed we were ranked higher than major cancer centers in the region such as those at Georgetown and Duke. “The remarkable progress resulting in our cancer center going from #67 to #31 in one year is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our physicians and staff.”
Additionally, the 2016 – 2017 U.S. News & World Report introduced a ranking of nine common procedures and conditions for care received by people over the age of 65. UVA received the highest possible rating — “high performing” — for all nine, including surgery for colon cancer and lung cancer.
What This Means for Patients
UVA’s ranking as the top hospital in Virginia and UVA Cancer Center’s placement among the top 50 in the country (and the only nationally-ranked cancer center in Virginia), means that cancer patients and those seeking cancer-related services can be confident in the care they’ll receive at UVA. Here’s why:
Survival: The cancer center received the highest possible rating for patient survival.
Nurse staffing: UVA received the highest possible rating for nurse staffing, at a ratio of 2.1. UVA also earned Magnet status, performance-driven recognition by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), for consistently exceeding national benchmarks in the areas of quality of care, patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction.
Advanced technology: UVA Cancer Center received the highest possible rating for advanced technology, meaning when you receive care at UVA, you can be sure you have access to the most advanced screening, surgical and treatment technologies available.
Accreditation and research: UVA Cancer Center is an NCI-Designated cancer center (from the National Cancer Institute), underscoring UVA’s commitment to research and enhancing patient access to the latest treatments and clinical trials. UVA is also FACT accredited (from the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy), a rigorous process for demonstrating quality and patient safety in cellular therapy (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell transplants).
Patient services: UVA has a wide range of services available at the cancer center and through the entire UVA Health System. U.S. News ranked UVA Cancer Center high in patient services, ensuring you’ll find the support you need for all aspects of your care. The programs are designed to treat you as a whole person, promoting your emotional, social, mental and spiritual well being along with your physical health.
UVA has also been named among the top 100 oncology programs in the country by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is the only cancer center in Virginia to be included on the list. “This award recognizes our efforts to provide high-quality patient care and our research that seeks to develop new and better treatments,” said UVA Cancer Center director Thomas P. Loughran Jr., MD.
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