Banner – UMC Tucson Among U.S. News ‘Best Hospitals’

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation for cancer, geriatrics, gynecology and pulmonary care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospitals’ ratings, and as “high performing” in four other medical specialties.

The publication also rated Banner – University Medical Center Tucson as the best hospital in Southeastern Arizona and the No. 2 hospital in Arizona, tied with Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 28th year, is designed to help patients make informed decisions about where to receive care for life-threatening conditions or for common elective procedures.

“These top rankings are a credit to the caregivers, educators and researchers at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson who are totally focused on producing outstanding outcomes for our patients,” said hospital CEO Tom Dickson.  

The Tucson academic medical center was ranked 38th in the medical specialty of gynecology, 42nd in pulmonology, 46th in geriatrics and 48th in cancer out of approximately 4,500 hospitals surveyed across the nation.

The magazine also rated the hospital as “high performing” in the following medical specialties:

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  • Nephrology (kidney disease)
  • Neurology and  Neurosurgery

In addition, Banner – UMC Tucson rated as “high performing” in the following common adult procedures and conditions:

  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers and hospitals nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions.

“For nearly three decades, we’ve strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health-care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. "By providing the most comprehensive data available, we hope to give patients the information they need to find the best care across a range of specialties.”

The U.S. News methodologies include risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, quality of nursing care and other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization, based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson is part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. It is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. It includes Diamond Children's Medical Center and dozens of clinics, and is closely aligned with centers of excellence such as the UA Cancer Center and Arizona Respiratory Center. The hospital is part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. Banner Health is in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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