UF Shands leads Florida hospitals in new ranking

A new ranking shows UF Health Shands Hospital leads the state as a top health-care facility, ranking in the top 50 in six medical specialties.

According to the U.S. News & World Report 2021-22 Best Hospitals survey released Tuesday, no other Florida hospital has as many pediatric and adult specialties ranked in the top 50 than UF Shands.

“Every member of our team stepped up during this past, difficult pandemic year and continued to provide the life-changing care our patients have come to expect,” said Dr. David R. Nelson, senior vice president of health affairs for UF and president of UF Health, in a press release.

The news comes a month after U.S. News ranked the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital tied for No. 1 in Florida with St. Petersburg’s John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.

The U.S. News analysis of nearly 5,000 adult hospitals across the nation shows that UF Health Shands placed six adult medical specialties among the nation’s elite programs.

The six specialties include urology (32nd), ear, nose and throat (32nd), pulmonology and lung surgery (37th), geriatrics (42nd-tie), gynecology (45th), and cardiology and heart surgery (50th). Four of these specialties—urology, pulmonology and lung surgery, gynecology, and cardiology and heart surgery—are ranked the highest in Florida, underscoring UF Health’s position as one of the Southeast’s preeminent health centers.

“To be rated among the nation’s elite in so many diverse areas just reinforces why we’re a destination hospital for patients not just in Florida but throughout the Southeast and the nation,” UF Health Shands CEO Ed Jimenez said in a statement.

In addition to ranked specialties, five UF Health Shands specialties were rated as “high performing,” meaning they were in the top 10 percent of all hospitals nationally scored in that specialty. Those were cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopaedics.

The U.S. News Best Hospital rankings are based on a range of measures, including survival rates, patient safety and specialized staff across 15 medical specialties. The ratings also include survey responses from thousands of physicians.

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