July 31, 2000
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Nationwide survey ranks University Hospital/UTHSC among top 50 medical centers

U.S. News and World Report’s 11th annual survey, America’s Best Hospitals, ranked University Health System among the top 50 medical centers in three of 13 medical areas. The only hospital in San Antonio to be recognized, it ranked 15th in orthopaedics, 34th in kidney disease and 46th in urology.

The magazine’s July 17 issue features the best 173 hospitals as chosen from a group of 6,200 institutions. University Hospital joins Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General, among others.

"We are proud to be affiliated with the University Health System and its award-winning University Hospital," said Dr. John P. Howe, III, president. "To be ranked so highly in a survey based on reputation, patient survival, technology, nursing care and other factors is a remarkable achievement. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its faculty are pleased to share in this celebration of South Texas excellence."

"This recognition is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of our staff, who excel despite dwindling resources," said Dr. Ronald Williams, interim chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. "Our trauma care is on a par with most of the trauma centers in the country, though our department is less than half the size of most."

To gauge reputation, the magazine polled 150 board-certified specialists in each specialty—2,550 in all—to identify the five hospitals they considered the best. The scores show the percentage of respondents who named the hospital over the past three years.

"Our peers selected us, and that means a lot more than just statistics," said Dr. Thomas Ball, urology.

Dr. Charles Rockwood, orthopaedics; Dr. Steven Wartman, medical dean; University Health System CEO Jeff Turner; Dr. Thomas Ball, urology; and Dr. Hanna Abboud, nephrology, celebrate U.S. News and World Report honor.