Shands among nation’s best in several specialties
Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.
UF Health Shands Hospital is ranked among the nation's best hospitals for five adult and six pediatric specialties, according to rankings released last Tuesday morning by U.S. News & World Report. The urology department was ranked 18th — the hospital's highest ranking and the state's highest ranking in urology, according to a University of Florida media release Tuesday.
UF urology chair Dr. Johannes Vieweg said the department has risen in rank over the past five years, from the mid-30s to 18th. He credited a strong faculty with the department's success.
Vieweg added that the subspecialties within the department, such as cancer and reconstructive urology, are led by experts.
"We were just lucky to recruit these people," said Vieweg, who himself was recruited to UF from Duke University in 2006.
"We are working hard to become a top 10 program; that was one of my goals when I came here. I think we are on track," he added.
Vieweg said one of the department's strengths is its team approach, which he calls "very patient-inspired."
"Making sure patients are well taken care of is our utmost priority," he said.
Shands also placed 37th in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery — also the highest in these areas for the state, according to the release.
Shands' nephrology department was ranked 34th; cardiology and heart surgery 47th; and pulmonology 49th.
Shands also was listed as a "high-performing" hospital in cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; and orthopedics.
Dr. Michael Good, dean of the UF College of Medicine, was quoted in the release as saying, "At UF Health, our faculty and staff members are focused on improving quality of care and the patient experience, as well as making discoveries that could lead to breakthroughs in treatment. This honor is another indication that we are meeting these goals."
Shands overall was ranked third best in the state by the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Orlando's Florida Hospital and Tampa General Hospital were ranked one and two.
UF Health Jacksonville was ranked number nine in the state, and 11 of its specialties were noted as "high performing."
Shands Children's Hospital was ranked 17th for pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, followed by 26th in pediatric nephrology, 32nd for cardiology and heart surgery, 40th for pulmonology, and 46th for cancer.
North Florida Regional Medical Center was unranked, but the U.S. News & World Report website does contain patient satisfaction survey information from a federal program. According to that data, 74 percent of patients would recommend the hospital to friends or family.
A complete list of the nation's hospital rankings and patient satisfaction survey information are available on the U.S News & World Report website.
Kristine Crane is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.