The department has outstanding faculty who have received advanced fellowship training from top medical centers in the United States and Canada, said Li-Ming Su, M.D., a professor of urologic oncology and chair of the UF College of Medicine department of urology. Su also attributes the improved ranking to accomplishments that include expanded general and subspecialty urology services that allow for timely access for patients seeking urologic care, the development of online and printed materials to help patients navigate their care at UF Health, and multidisciplinary care teams for urologic cancers and kidney stone patients. Patients have also benefited from established resident training rotations that ensure continuity of treatment from a consistent care team throughout the preoperative, hospitalization and postoperative phases of their care, Su added.
“These efforts allow us to provide ideal patient-centered care that meets each patient’s unique needs and expectations,” Su said.
- Parker Gibbs, M.D., UF Health Shands chief medical officer, said the rankings validate the commitment to excellence in a wide range of medical specialties.
“Patients come to us with high expectations for care, safety and innovation. Our medical care teams and hospital staff have worked tirelessly to establish and maintain that reputation,” he said.
U.S. News also reviewed treatment of “common procedures and conditions” at hospitals nationwide. For the third consecutive year, UF Health has been rated “high performing” for five adult procedures. Those are lung cancer surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colon cancer surgery, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.
“Everyone at UF Health Shands can be especially proud of the teamwork that brings national distinction to our work in clinical care, education and research,” said Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine and interim dean of the UF College of Medicine. “Our commitment to patients never wavers.”
UF Health Jacksonville also was recognized as a high-performing hospital in three specialties, including two national rankings. Its ear, nose and throat program is ranked 41st nationally and the nephrology specialty placed 45th. The neurology/neurosurgery program was recognized as high performing. UF Health Jacksonville increased its overall ranking among local and state hospitals from 22nd to 16th in Florida.
The “Best Hospitals” rankings are based on measures such as survival rates, patient safety and specialized staff across 16 adult medical specialties at nearly 5,000 medical centers. The publication also analyzed survey responses from thousands of physicians as part of the rankings.