U.S. News & World Report evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide to come up with its annual list of Best Hospitals. And once again, the Nebraska Medical Center is the number one rated hospital in the state of Nebraska. In addition, the Nebraska Medical Center Gynecology Program received a national ranking, the only hospital in the state to have a nationally ranked specialty.
U.S. News also rated Nebraska Medical Center as high performing in eight other specialties, receiving more high-performing rankings than any other facility in Nebraska. Those specialties are:
- Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
- Neurology and Neurosurgery
Finally, the medical center received the highest ranking possible in five procedures/conditions:
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
- Colon cancer surgery
- Heart bypass surgery
- Heart failure
- Hip replacement
“This ranking is because of the dedication of our physicians, caregivers and staff who care for patients every day," says James Linder, MD, CEO of Nebraska Medicine. "I have the highest respect for their commitment. To again earn this recognition reflects our belief that continual improvement allows us to provide the highest quality services for the people of Nebraska, the surrounding region and referred patients from around the world.”
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 29th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures.
For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.
“For nearly 30 years, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” says Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their doctors the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.