University of Kansas Hospital scores high in U.S. News rankings

The University of Kansas Hospital tops the list of best hospitals in Kansas and the Kansas City metropolitan area in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

KU Hospital ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide in 10 of the 16 medical and surgical specialties rated by U.S. News. The previous two years, KU was nationally ranked in six specialties.

KU’s nationally ranked programs: cancer care (ranked 37th), cardiology and heart surgery (24th), diabetes and endocrinology (38th), ear, nose and throat care (20th), gastroenterology (20th), geriatrics (17th), kidney treatment (15th), neurology and neurosurgery (22nd), pulmonology (15th) and urology (45th). The hospital’s gynecology and orthopedics programs were listed as “high-performing,” meaning that they did not make the top-50 list, but were among the top 25 percent of programs nationwide.

Only one hospital in Kansas or Missouri, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, made the U.S. News’ Honor Roll of 17 best hospitals in the nation. Barnes-Jewish ranked No. 6. Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston was the top-ranked hospital.

In the Kansas City area, two hospitals tied for second place. St. Luke’s Hospital had high-performing ear, nose and throat, kidney and gynecology programs. North Kansas City Hospital had high-performing programs in gastroenterology, pulmonology and orthopedics.

Of the 4,793 hospitals evaluated by U.S. News, 148 were ranked among the top 50 in one or more specialty. Programs were ranked on such criteria as reputation, patient safety and survival and nursing services.