Fairview-University earns spot in U.S. News top 50

Liz Kohman

Fairview-University Medical Center will be named one of the top 50 teaching hospitals in five different categories in U.S. News and World Report’s July 23 issue, “America’s Best Hospitals.”

The magazine ranked the hospital 40th in cancer care, 27th in geriatrics, 24th in kidney disease treatment, 36th in neurology/neurosurgery and 33rd in ear, nose and throat medicine.

Fairview-University fell 10 spots in cancer care, six in geriatrics, seven in kidney disease and three in neurology from last year’s rankings. However, the hospital rose five spots in ear, nose and throat medicine.

“We’re thrilled to be named again,” said Margaret Van Bree, senior vice president and operating officer at Fairview-University.

One of the ranking qualifications was affiliation with a medical school.

“It shows the value of having a strong Academic Health Center in the community,” Van Bree said.

The Medical School has strong connections to Fairview-University. More than 275 medical students have residencies there, said Gregory Vercellotti, dean of education in the Medical School.

“We’re delighted and not surprised with the U.S. News and World Report rankings,” Vercellotti said. He added that Fairview-University is a good hospital and the rankings are well deserved.

Sandy Edwardson, dean of the School of Nursing, said the rankings were “very good news.” Many nursing students have clinicals at local hospitals, including Fairview-University.

U.S. News and World Report named the 50 best hospitals in 13 out of 17 different specialties this year. The magazine picked 168 hospitals out of data from 6,116 hospitals to arrive at the rankings.

Two other Minnesota hospitals made the rankings. Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis ranked in three specialties, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester ranked in 14 specialties.

The Mayo Clinic also ranked second in the “honor roll” of “America’s Best Hospitals” for high rankings in six or more specialties and demonstrating unusual excellence overall.

Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore ranked number one on the “honor roll” for the 11th year in a row, and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston ranked third.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked hospitals since 1990. The magazine used reputation, mortality rates and other information from American Hospital Association surveys to derive the rankings.

Justin Ware contributed to this article