Shands receives elite ranking again 

UF Health Shands Hospital building
File photo by Seth Johnson

University of Florida Health Shands Hospital was recognized again in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals survey Tuesday. The list named Shands for excellence in adult patient care, plus five elite medical specialties. 

These rankings come after U.S. News ranked four of UF Health’s pediatric specialties in the nation’s top 50 in June. Altogether, Shands has been recognized for nine specialties. 

UF Health Dr. David Nelson
Courtesy UF Health Dr. David Nelson

“It takes an outstanding team of talented medical caregivers and staff to maintain the excellence of our health system,” Dr. David Nelson, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of UF Health, said in a press release. “But we never forget that this sustained quality of care isn’t just measured in a thousand points of data. It’s also measured in the enormous difference we make in the lives of our patients.” 

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UF Health Shands’ ear, nose and throat specialty ranked 30th in the nation, a 10-place improvement over last year. Neurology and neurosurgery rose from the top 10% in the U.S. last year to 30th in the nation this year. 

Shands’ obstetrics specialty ranked 39th, geriatrics 42nd, and pulmonology and lung surgery was 43rd.  

Cardiology, heart and vascular surgery, GI and GI surgery, orthopaedics and urology also ranked in the “high performing” category earned by the nation’s top 10%.  

U.S. News & World Report’s rankings measure about 5,000 hospitals every year for their patient outcomes, nurse staffing, patient experience, expert opinion and clinical services. Only about 164 of those hospitals have one or more specialties ranked in the top 50. 

“I’m extremely proud of our College of Medicine faculty and staff for playing such an important part in the success of UF Health Shands,” Dr. Colleen Koch, dean of the UF College of Medicine, said in a press release. “Their passion and dedication to medicine, and patient and family-centered care are at the heart of what makes a great health system. It’s our privilege to provide outstanding care to the patients we serve.” 

UF Health James Kelly Jr.
Courtesy UF Health James Kelly Jr.

Sixteen of UF Health Shands’ procedures and conditions also reached the “high performing” ranking. These procedures and conditions include: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; colon cancer surgery; diabetes; heart attack; heart failure; hip fracture; hip replacement; kidney failure; knee replacement; leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma; lung cancer surgery; pneumonia; and prostate cancer surgery; stroke; and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. 

For more than a decade, UF Health Shands has maintained high visibility on various U.S. News & World Report rankings. Shands pulmonology and lung surgery has ranked in the nation’s top 50 all but two years since 2005. 

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital received high rankings in June, placing 10th for its diabetes and endocrinology specialty, 24th for pediatric pulmonology, 26th for cardiology and heart surgery, and 35th for neonatology. 

“Patients have come to expect nothing but the best medical care from UF Health Shands Hospital, and our team works with great dedication and resolve to provide it,” James Kelly Jr., interim CEO of UF Health Shands Hospital, said in a press release. “Our patients’ well-being will always be our guide.” 

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