University Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in Tucson in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings.
The new rankings recognize 622 hospitals in or near major cities with a record of high performance in key medical specialties, including 132 of the 152 hospitals already identified as the best in the nation. There are nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide.
U.S. News created Best Hospitals more than 20 years ago to identify hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases, such as brain tumors typically considered inoperable and delicate pancreatic procedures. UMC is among the 132 hospitals included in the new rankings that already are identified as the best in the nation.
The new metro area rankings are relevant to a wider range of health-care consumers, whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital.
"It is an honor to see UMC included again among U.S. News' Best Hospitals," said Kevin Burns, president of UMC Corp., "and it is gratifying to be ranked No. 1 in the Tucson area. This is a tribute to the quality and experience of our physicians, nurses and entire staff."
To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.
"All of the hospitals included in the metro-area rankings provide first-rate care for the majority of patients, even those with serious conditions or who need demanding procedures," said health rankings editor Avery Comarow. "The new Best Hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area."
For the full list of metro-area rankings, visit www.usnews.com/hospitals.